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The Gospel Messenger 

The Gospel Messenger, 

Publllhea Weekly, at S1.G0 per Annum, 1 

The Brethren's Publishing Co., 

Mount Morris, Illinois. 


I Foreign Travel. No. 25. . 

The Bine Pencil ' ' ' 

Editorial Gleanings in the Orient. No. .'!..'!! 


A New Year's Thought. By N. R. Baker , 

A New Leaf 

A Song of the New Year \ 

The Old Year - ^ ' 


The Lord Our Righteousness. By S. N. McCann 3 

The End and the Beginning By A. Hutchison 3 

Our High Calling. By C. H. Balsbaugh 3 

' e Kingdom of God and of Christ, By D. E. Price. In 3 Pnrts.- 

Part 3,. 

Freemasonry in Smyrna. By G. J. Ferckcn, . . 
A Few Select Scriptures for the "Cspd Met 


The Boy Jesus.-Lnke a: 40 


. Oh, 

By Lizzie Ho. 


Take Heed By Alice B. Snyder 

A Tribute ol Praise. By W. B. Stover 


Sell denial By Wealthy A. BurkholdeT 

The Dawning Year. By Li,,.k- U. Rosenberger 


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Strange news c*' 
that 2,000 saloons are compelled to ^'^se for the 
want of patronage. Who says it does not pay to 
preach and write prohibition? All of these saloons 
going out of business means something for good. 

300 more in the same city 
We hope to see the day 
e saloon in this fair State 
ne in Mt. Morris, and we 
too many Christian 

But there are perhaps < 

that should do likewise 

when there will not be c 

of Illinois. There are n 

thank God for it. Thet 

people here to permit the saloon sentiment to get 

a foothold. 

We hear but little of the Armenian question of 
late, only we know that the terrible destruction of 
life is still going on. The suffering is appalling, 
and will increase during the winter months. Funds 
are being sent to these unfortunate people as fast 
as they can be raised, but it will require weeks to 
reach some of the localities where the suffering is 
the greatest Unfortunately the interest in Ar- 
menia has been interrupted by the world-wide ex- 
citement growing out of the trouble now pending 
between the United States and England. It is 
lamentable, indeed, that the two best nations of 
earth should act so indiscreet as to cause the neg- 
lect of so important a matter as that pertaining to 
the Armenian difficulty. If ever a people needed 
help, these Christians of Turkey do. Their lives 
are threatened on every hand, and their property is 
being destroyed. Most assuredly should the na- 
tions of earth contrive some lawful way of helping 

Last week mention was made of a very serious 
misunderstanding between the United States and 
the mother country, England, which, it was then 
feared, might possibly lead to war. It is unfortu- 
nate that such a difficulty should have occurred. 
It startled the whole world. These two nattons, 
speaking the same language, related to each other 
in various ways, and bound to each other by com- 
mercial ties, and dependent upon each other are 
the most advanced of any nations of earth, and tor 

war to occur between them would be the most ap- 
palling event of the century. It would be a blot 
upon civilization and Christianity, requiring genera- 
tions to remove. But the excitement seems to be 
subsiding. A second sober thought on both sides 
of the Atlantic is having a good effect, and it is be- 
lieved that an understanding may be reached that 
will guarantee peace between the two countries for 
generations to come. War is cruel. It is brutal 
and unbecoming civilized nations, and surely such 
a disgraceful calamity will not occur between the 
people of the United States and those of England. 

We admire a recent editorial in the New York 
Independent, called out by the trouble between this 
country and England. We would that the press of 
the country would express such strong sentiments 
in support of pert=». It says: "War? No! a thou- 
sand times, nol God forWJI It i s a thought too 
monstrous to be seriously entertained. War means 
slaughter, frightful slaughter. It meat, s the killing 
of men in untold numbers. It means the making 
of widows and orphans by tlie thousand and the 
breaking up families. It means destruction of 
property, great i n j ur y. to commerce, and th« wast- 
ing of millions of treasure. It is not a gay, t aval 
parade, nor a grand military" review, but a > I < ■ 1 i I . , 
ate, vindictive and remcrseless duel to the death, 
The greater the combatat.ta, the n'.cve fierce ami 
terrible the war. War with England? irnpossible. 

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one race, one language and one civilization. OuT 
frequent expressions of jealous impatience with her 
only prove the sincere attachment that exists at 
bofom. War with England? Far be it from us. 
War with the United States, her own kin, with 
whom the bonds of peace have so long remained 
unbroken? England cannot tolerate the thought. 
It ought to be impossible. We are too far ad- 
vanced in Christian civilization to think of war as 
the solution of our difficulty. We have a difficulty; 
but God has given us reason, and have we cultivat- 
ed reason during all the centuries since we left the 
shades of barbarism to dethrone it now for an ap- 
peal to the sword? Those who welcome war, talk 
like fools; those who grow hilarious over the pros- 
pect of it are merry with insanity." 

Were we duly authorized to make another be- 
atitude and add it to those in the fifth chapter of 
Matthew, it would be this: "Blessed is the man 
who has to work for a living." We believe that 
honest, earnest and cheerful toil is the only royal 
road to success and happiness. In nature we see 
everything at work. Even the heavenly bodies have 
their movements. Every particle of animal and 
vegetable matter has some allotted duties to per- 
form, and for man to spend his years in idleness, — 
without a fixed purpose or object,— is contrary to 
all we know concerning the laws governing phys- 
ical, mental or religious forces. Let all the men, 
women and children have some fixed purpose, how- 
ever insignificant,— and be urged to throw their 
strength into it, and extract happiness therefrom. 
Woe unto the person who has no aim in life! Dale 
Owen tells the story of a man made unhappy by 
his well-to-do circumstances. His father left him a 
princely fortune. He was well educated, married 
happily and had loving children growing up around 
him. All that good health, leisure, taste and 
wealth could afford were at his command. Seem- 
ingly he knew no want. He was Owen's friend. 
Mr. Owen was a hard working man; he hardly 
knew what leisure was. But he was induced to 
spend a day in the home of his fortunate friend, in 

a great park. The day seemed perfect. Finally 
he said, " I have been thinking that, if I ever met a 
man who had nothing to desire, you must be he; 
are you not completely happy? " He quickly an- 
swered: " Happy! ah, Mr. Owen, I committed one 
fatal error in my youth, and dearly have I paid for 
it! I started in life without an object, almost with- 
out an ambition. I said to myself, ' I have all that 
I see others contending for; why should I strug- 
gle?' I knew not the curse'that lights on those 
who have never to struggle for anything. I ought 
to have created for myself some definite pursuit, no 
matter what, so that there would be something to 
labor for and to overcome. Then I might have 
been happy." Here we have the fate of idleness, 
though surrounded with plenty. Again we say, 
" Blessed is the man who has to work for a living." - 

/"A Woniikki-ul Letter " is the title of a circular; 
letter, widely circulated in this country by the Sab- \ 
batarians, it is to be presumed. The letter is said 
to ha- been written by Jesus Christ, and was 
found under a great stone sixty-three yea. afb 
his death. It was discovered by a little girl who, 
unaided, turned the great sto. over and secured 
the remarkable document. It was translated from 
the Hebrew by a learned Jew and now finds its way 
to the world. The letter starts out thus: " 
■ver worketh 011 the Sabbath day shall be 
I command you to go to church and keep the 
!-'■'.' 1 1:1) '■■■!■ •■!»! 1 .,, 

w , , '<." Some people are just about credulous 
enjugh to believe that this letter is genuine, but 
it is a forgery, and has been exposed so often 
that it seems strange that any one could be 
found to place the least confidence in it. The 
greater sin, however, is against those who pub- 
lish and circulate it, for in so doing they bring 
themselves under the condemnation of Rev. 22: 18, 
which says: " For I testify unto every man that 
heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if : 
any man shall add unto these things, God shall add i 
unto him the plagues that are written in this book."f 
The design of the forged letter is to add to the revi 
elation contained in the New Testament, and for 
that reason should be the more shunned. It is 
sufficient for the faithful to regulate their lives by 
the Gospel, and not resort to forged communica- 
tions to deceive themselves and others. This is 
another way the Sabbatarians have of defending a 
doctrine that is absolutely contrary to the genius of 
the new dispensation. A doctrine that has to de- 
pend upon a forged letter for defense is in a de- 
plorable condition. 


[\o. 25 — Diary of 


Jerusalem, Nov. q, 1&Q5. 
may wish to know what 





are some of the 

overland trip through Palestine, we have c< 
to give our glimpses of it as we note them down 
each day in our daily journal, and, as an intro- 
duction, we will here say that we happened on a bad 
time for taking such a journey, because of the late 
Armenian troubles and the disturbed condition of 
the country on account of local wars between the 
inhabitants of the sections through which we 
wished to travel. At this time there has been a 
general outbreak between the Khurds on the east 
of Mt. Hermon, and the Druses on the west 
side, and to make the complication still worse, the 


January 4,~i8a6. 

did not 

[>f sto- 

Druses and the Metawles, on the west side of Her 
mon, are also in arms against each other, and al- 
ready had several skirmishes in which 
were killed and more wounded. This we 
learn until we reached Damascus and had 01 
arations made for the journey. All kinds 
ries were told us,-that we were liable to be 
or killed and that it was not at all safe to make the 
trip under existing circumstances. Our dragoman 
also seemed to doubt the propriety of going, and 
asked us if wc were willing to take the risk. We 
told him that the matter was in his hands, and if 
he felt that it was safe to go wc would follow. We 
were exceedingly anxious to make the trip and 
therefore did not wish to be disappointed. It was 
then decided that it would not be safe to take the 
usual route, east of Mt. Hermon. as the greater 
part of the trouble and danger was on this side and 
north of the Sea of Galilee. Therefore we arranged 
to go down on the .west side and strike the regu- 
lar route at Baniss or Ca;sarea Philippi. which 
requires two days longer than on the east side. 

Our outfit consisted of seventeen horses and 
mules, eight men, including the dragoman, cook, 
waiter muleteer and servants. And as a matter of 



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or a party i 

r com! 

I the ish to mi 

. i lin make it need alt 

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once road 

betweer Damasci i a guard in 

id van in the 

middle, and single file, our company made quite a 
show; and as we had fully committed ourselves 
into the hands of the Lord, we had no fears, so 
that we really enjoyed our new mode of travel. 
The country through which we passed was seared 
by the long-continued drought and, as a rule, must 
be very sterile under the most favorable condi- 

After a four hours' ride we halted and pitched 
night at Meiselun, where there 
In about thirty 
as up, carpeted, 
order for occu- 
in diameter, of 


•ith beau 

ner, taken at 7 o'clock, consisted of six courses: 
soup roast mutton, chicken, potatoes, custard and 
fruits. With this we had the usual spreads and 
coffee, tea or chocolate. All this was gotten up 
as nicely and as palatable as in a first-class hotel. 
After our evening meal we seated ourselves at our 
tent doors in regular Abrahamic style, talked over 
the events of the day, compared our notes made, 
and looked at and listened to the jabber of the 
natives, who turned out en masse to see the Amer- 
icans, and it was a sight— we mean the natives,— 
as they were the most outlandish and poverty- 
stricken looking set of people that we ever beheld. 
Slouchy, dirty, half-dressed women crowded around 
with eatables to sell, and persisted in helping our 
cook to prepare our meals and wash the dishes, 
etc., until we felt like rebelling. But as we had 
learned to eat the things set before us without 
asking questions, we decided to take things pa- 
tiently and trust to Providence for results. 

Second Day; Thursday, Oct. 10. 
After a night of refreshing sleep, we arose from 
our cots with grateful hearts to our Heavenly Fa- 
ther for his protection over us, and after 
,.„,. hastily madej the servant's bell rang 
lls that In 1 ...iily. which coasted of 

1 , butter, j^'" and coffee,— 
ig down the tents, 
, , - tding, and a "hubbub" it was, as 
ceedingly loud, boister- 
n.i .xcitable 1 coplc, so that it takes very 
ppenings to make a big fu£s. In a very 
our belongings^v^ze on the backs 
mules id donkey^ a >-.d the orders were 
1 and go forward.' Because of the troubles 
ing in this part of the country, and the 
danger of i by robbers, our drago- 


■:; thejarJJie for a rother ^, ckv ^ jf . n- 

wer- c 'b«L" 
i/erv roufrh. and. in nlaces. onlv bridle , ., ' ,_*'.-"' te 

tents for the 
a Khan and a small village. 
lutes after stopping,;our tent 
ade and everything in tri 
pancy. The tents are nine feet ir 
heavy ducking and lined on the in: 
tifully decorated cloth, making quit 
appearance and we felt at home in our new quar- 
ters as far as taste and comfort were concerned, but 
there was not much of a protection against the 
midnight robher and the thievish-looking natives 
that crowded around us on our landing. We 
placed our cots next to the outside and in the mid- 
dle, our luggage and wearing apparel, so that they 
could not be taken by reaching in from the out- 
side, or be gotten without crawling over our cots 
and the things that we placed along the outer part 
of our house. For additional safety we had two 
guards to watch the camp during the night. The 
kitchen and dining tents were of the same size, 
and were also up and ready for use. Two very 
important men of the company were our cook 
named " Sugary" and the table servant, " George," 
and to the credit of " Sugary " we want to say that he 
is a first-class cook. Our bill of fare for every din- 

d ft ' • since leaving the diligence 

is very rough, and, in places, only brid 
1 ;teep and full of rock*, that it would be 

very unsafe for ordinary horses. But these Arab 
steeds are exceedingly surefooted, and can climb 
over rocks like goats. All you have to do is to 
let them go and they will pick their own way and 
carry you through safely. At first we were fearful 
of being pitched headlong over the rocks, but we 
soon learned to trust and had no trouble. 

At noon we stopped two hours for lunch and 
rest in the shadow of a large rock. Our lunch was 
made up of cold meats, chicken, eggs and fruit. 
As the tents are not pitched at noon, we had no 
means of having a warm meal, but we were well 
supplied and it was quite good. The afternoon 
travel was through a very rough and dangerous- 
looldng country, and we frequently met men, 
armed and savage-looking but were not molested 
by any. 

In this part of the world the people all live in 
villages, and as these are far apart, much of the 
territory seems to be uninhabited, and practically 

this is so. Desolation dt 
the country. 

Early in the afternoon 
at Rasheya, a village of s 
catcd on a terraced hill 
chards of olives, figs, etc. 
good shape, and 
and prepared for 

icribes the condition of 

we halted for the night 
• me three thousand, lo- 
and surrounded by or- 
Soon our tents .were in 
■ve entered 

th great pi 

rest, as over six hours in the 
saddle brings weariness to the flesh, to those un- 
accustomed to horseback riding. In a short time 
our supper bell rang, and a palatable meal awaited 
our pleasure in the dining room. After a hearty 
partaking of the courses there prepared, we felt 
much refreshed and had the pleasure of a number 
of callers from the village. Some of the men and 
boys could talk fairly good English, as at thi 

seem to be in better circumstances than those we 
met the night before. Here, for the first time; 
we saw samples of the ancient threshing floors, 
which are generally found in lots of eight, ten and 
more together, as the whole country around come 
to one place to do their threshing. This is done 
for protection, as the habits of the people remain 
unchanged since the days of Joshua. The Philis- 
tines, or similar bands of marauders still infest 
these mountainous districts, and rob the laborers 
of their harvest, if opportunities are afforded. By 
doing the threshing alongside -of a village and a 
number being together at the same time, mutual 
protection is thus afforded. The floors are some 
twenty feet square, and are prepared by picking 
off the stones and leveling the surface of the 
ground. The grain in the straw is thrown on 
these floors and then threshed by dragging, with 
a yoke of oxen, a thresher over it, made in the 
shape of the old-fashioned stone sled, except that 
the whole bottom is flat and made of plank, slightly 
turned up in front. The plank have holes made 
in them, on the under side an inch or more square, 
in which are placed stones that protrude out about 
an inch. This makes the under side rough, and 
as it is dragged over and over the grain, the wheat, 
etc., is rubbed out and the straw is cut into quite 
short pieces. The thresher we measured at this 
place was five feet lung and three wide. After the 
threshing is done. Hie winnowing commences. We 
also saw them doing this. In this case a good 
wind was blowing and the winnowing was done 
by pitching the grain up in the air, when the chaff 
was blown away, and the grain would fall down on 
the heap. This process was continued until the 
grain was quite clean of the chaff. The pile of 
grain thus cleaned was quite large, several hundred 
bushels. D "-.en slept 

by ;lie grain that it might not be stolen. . A = '■■-= 

watching,-.' ''■ ," 'inded of th d 

f the prorjjfij ■&_ .*^K^ they told David, 
saying, Behold the Philistines' fight against Keilah 
and they rob the threshing floors." 

Third Day ; Fritiu 1 
After a night of refreshing sleep we were out 
early, and at 7: 30. started on our way southward. 
The country continues to be hilly and rough, but 
we see some farming done and many yards of grapes, 
some vines full of large bunches of luscious grapes, 
very good and tempting. As we passed a small 
village we saw a large number of men, women and 
children all dressed in their best garments. At 
first we supposed they were having a picnic, but 
our dragoman told us that it was a wedding party 
and that they were on a march to the home of the 
bride. The thought came to us that even here, in 
this God-forsaken and poverty-stricken land, peo- 
ple persist in getting married and having a general 
good time. How strange! Well, as we said be- 
fore, happiness is a relative experience, and we 
suppose that the relatives, comparatives and con- 
trasts are found here as well as anywhere else. 

As we were riding down a steep hill and ap- 
proaching a sharp curve in the road we noticed, 
just ahead of us, a man running across this curve 
and up the other side to a large rock. The sun 
was very hot, and as we passed by, the man was 
lying down in the shadow of this rock, resting from 
the heat of the sun. How beautifully this little 
circumstance illustrated Isaiah's description of 
the Christ: " He shall be as the shadow of a great 
rock in a weary land." Also the cry of the Psalm- 
ist: "From the end of the earth will I cry unto 
thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to 
the rock that is higher than I." 

The shadow of a rock is so often referred to in 
the Bible because, in many places, there are no 
trees and the only shadow to be found is that of 

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place there is an English Mission, and the natives | a rock, and, surely, Palestine is full of them 

January 4, 18 

At the noonday hour we came to a beautiful 
fountain, gushing out from beneath a large lime- 


Here we ate our lunch under 
rid, after the usual rest, continued our 


stone rock, 
berry tree, 

Here, for the first time, we had the pleasure of 
seeing, at a distance, Mt. Hermon, of Bible fame, 
and were reminded of the fact that we were ap- 
proaching ancient historic grounds. 

After a tiresome ride of several hours, through 
narrow valleys and steep, rocky hills we came to a 
small village called Hasbeya, at the foot of Her- 
mon. In Josh. 11: 17 it is called Baalgad, where 
we pitched our tents, rejoicing that another day 
of travel through a dangerous land was passed in 
safety. At this place flows out a brook of water 
and it is said to be the source of the upper Jordan. 
The little town is said to contain 5,000 inhabitants. 
Here is a Protestant community, with a church and 
school of the American Mission and also a British 
Syrian Mission. This is the headquarters of the 
Druse sect and its founder, Ed. Darazi is said to 
have lived here. H. b. b 



Good resolutions are the flowers 
That blossom in the sunny hours, 
And smile within the leafy bowers, 
That cheer the heart, dispel the gloom, 
And for the love of God make room. 
But conversion is the fruit 
That springs from resolution's root, 
Result for which the bloom essayed, 
The end for which the entrance prayed, 
L Fulfillment of the promise made. 


"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; 
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." — 
2 Cor. 5: 21, 

Nothing short of absolute holiness, absolute per- 
fection, absolute righteousness can satisfy God. 
God's justice is as wide as his mercy, and to stop 
short of a perfect state of holiness is to stop 
under the hand of justice and not under the hand 
of mercy. God has made a perfect sacrifice for 
sin, has provided a perfect substitute for the poor, 
imperfect sinner, and to stop short of the absolute 
in perfection, holiness, righteousness and sanctifi- 
cation, is to substitute our works, or, at least, a 
part of our works, for God's predestined plan for 
man's eternal redemption. Whenever obedience 
to precept or ordinances is made a factor in the 
work of righteousness, man carries away part of 
the honor, part of the glory, and Christ is not all 
in all, — there can then be no absolute degree of 
holiness, and God's foreordained plan for man's 
salvation falls to the ground, covered with shame 
and disgrace. " Thou art of purer eyes than 
hold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.' 

to be- 

I: 13- 


Whenever we stop short of Christ 
stitute, we stop with only a relative degree of ho- 
liness, and God will turn his eyes away from us, 
declaring that he never knew us. 

" Follow peace with all men, and holiness, with- 
out which no man shall see the Lord." Heb. 12: 
14. Holiness is just the opposite of unholiness, 
just the opposite of uncleanness, just the opposite 
of sin, and no man can see God with sin and un- 
cleanness covering him, dwelling in him, ruling 
him. " Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall 
see God." Matt. 5: 8. We must be willing to lay 
all upon the altar; no provision must be made for 
the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Rom. 13: 14. A com- 
plete, an unconditional surrender is required. Not 

even our good works, not even our obedience can 
we offer. Self, good works, obedience to ordinan- 
ces, all surrendered as filthy rags, and Christ be- 
comes our holiness. We see God and live, though 
continually on the cross. "We live, yet we live 
not, for the life which we live by the faith of the 
Son of God who loved us and gave himself for 
us." Gal. 2: 20. 

Let there be absolute holiness, and this contin- 
ual strife about dress, hair, b.-ard, tobacco and 
kindred questions will vanish like mist before the 
morning sun. We are needing a deeper work of 
consecration, a more complete surrender to Christ, 
and legal enactment will be largely swallowed up 
in Christian sacrifice. I Cor. 8: 13. Nothing can 
enter heaven that defileth, that worketh abomina- 
tion, or that maketh a lie. Rev. 21: 27. All sin 
defiles, hence without holiness we cannot enter 
heaven. " As he which hath called you is holy, so 
be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because 
it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." I Pet. I: 
IS, 16. A complete surrender, and Christ is our 
holiness, we stand without sin, without unclean- 
ness, absolutely holy as God is holy. " Be ye 
therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in 
heaven is perfect." Matt. 5: 48. 

Christ here commands us, in substance, to be as 
perfect as God. The word perfect does not admit 
of comparison. If you are perfect you stand with- 
out sin. If one sin is found, you cannut be perfect. 
One crook in a stick, be it ever so small, makes it 
a crooked stick. One sin, one blot, one failure, 
and you stand condemned in the pure eyes of God. 
only lacked one thing of be- 
9: 21. It was barely one 
ugh to make him lose heav- 
ugh to make him 
trust his blind obedience to legal ceremony. There 

ing perfect. Matt, 
thing, but that was e 
en, and lose everythii 
d obedienc 

are many to-day,— yes, not a few of our dear Breth- 
ren,— who, like that rich young man, have kept all 
the commandments from their youth up and yet 
they lack one thing of being perfect. Many will, 
like the young man, turn away sorrowful, when 
they find the one thing that keeps them from being 
perfect. Perhaps they turn away to works and or- 
dinances which can never make perfect. 

The one thing that hindered that young man was 
his money,— his riches. All had to be surrendered 
for Christ; else Christ could not b 
How many among us lack the 
which that young man lacked? 
a complete surrender of the world and its folli 
How many of t's lack a complete surrender of 
works, our obedience? All surrendered and Ch 
stands for us as our perfection. 

Christ our perfection and we are perfect 
"Thy people also shall be all righteous." Isa. 60: 
21. God hath made Christ to stand for us, our 
righteousness. We should not go about to set up 
our own righteousness, but accept the righteous- 
ness of God (Rom. 10: 3), and stand justified. 

The Lord our righteousness and we are abso- 
lutely holy, perfect, sanctified. There is no sin, 
no uncleanness, no blot if we let Christ become our 
righteousness. " For both he that sanctifieth and 
they who are sanctified are all of one " Heb. 2: 11. 
Bridge-water, Va. 

one thing 
many lack 





The 1 

well with thy husband? is it well 
iswered, It is well."— 2 Kings 4: 26. 

f the present year is near, and as it 
ends, another begins. Hence the threefold ques- 
tion at the head of this article. How many of us, 
on a careful review of our life during the last year, 
can say as this Shunammite woman: "It is well"? 
table time to balance accounts, to 
, and if we find that the account 
will not even up for the past year, what is our 
prospect for the new year? If we find a shortage 
in the work of the present year, we ought to set 
out anew, to make amends during the incoming 
year, so that, if we are permitted to live to the end 

thereof, we may give good evidence that we have 
improved over the past, and be able to say, All is 

The case cited above is worthy of o 
consideration. When you read the eig 
of that chapter, you will see that the wo: 
tioned there was called a 
look at some of the featur. 

r careful 
th verse 
lan men- 
great woman." Let us 
of her greatness. 

1. She wished to do some worthy deed for Elisha 
because she believed him to be a worthy man " a 
man of God." 

2. She docs not propose to act rashly in the case, 
but confers with her husband, that she may not 
only have his approval, but his co-operation as well. 

^ 3. In her preparation for the comfort of the 
"man of God," she does not propose to do any- 
thing that could, in any sense, be considered unnec- 
essary, or extravagant. A "little chamber," not a 
palace, and in the furnishing, there was no vanity, 
ccs of furniture— a bed, a table, a 

Only lot. 
tool an 
ary for 



not be 

candlestick, each of which 

4- She was great because of her spirit of 
mission, in the midst of a 
well," when her child wa 
embrace of death. 

5. She was great because she woul 
turned away from her people for all the honors of 
the king, or the favors of the captain of the host. 
She answered, " I dwell among mine own people." 
Who of us can, on a review of our life during the 
past year, say that we have, in every sense, been 
true to our own convictions, taking God's Word as 
the foundation for our convictions? If we have 
made no unnecessary display of ourselves, or of 
what we are stewards over here, then we may have 
some kind of a claim upon that which is com- 
mendable. And if we have not been living to the 
glory uf God the past year, what do we propose 
doing during the new year? Will we go on in that 
way for another year? Surely not, but we ought 
to be diligent in trying to make' an improvement 
over our former life, so that, should we be called 
to an account, we shall have the privilege of hear- 
ing the Master say, " It is enough, friend, go up 

s he that condemneth not 
vhich he alloweth." Rom. 
much depending upon our 
iving, for us to be indiffer- 

Paul says, " Happy 
himself in that thing 
14: 23. There is too 
life which we are now 

ent about it. Jesus says, " He that is not with me 
is against me; and he that gathereth not with me 
scattereth abroad." Matt. 12: 30. So it must be 
apparent to every one, that we will each have to 
ler an account for our influence over others, as 
as for ourselves. The wise man says, "He 
that walketh with wise men shall be wise." 

McPhentm, Kans. 


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Belovfd in Christ : — 

Forever blessed be the grace that se- 
cures such a wondrous relationship as Brotherhood 
in Christ Jesus! We do not half appreciate our 
high calling, and the privileges and obligations 
it confers, God our Father; Jesus, the co-eternal 
Son, our brother; the Holy Spirit our life, our 
comforter, the dispenser of all the fulness of God 
to believing souls. Oh it is past finding out, and 
yet it is gloriously true, and within the reach of 
the chief of sinners. Just think what we would 
be, and what we could do, if the Holy Ghost had 
all the liberty in us which he had in the Godman. 
And this is precisely the standard which is to 
mould and develop and mature the life of every 
poor sinner on the face of the earth. No matter 
how devil-possessed a soul may be, if God is al- 
lowed to enter and have control, it becomes a 
luminous, symmetrical, rejoicing temple of the 
Holy Ghost. We do not know what a Savior we 
have, and consequently do not realize the peace 
and joy which is the heritage of the child of God, 


January 4, 18 

A real appropriation of the fullness of life, offered 
in Christ Jesus, would make us the wonder of the 
world, both for joy and self-sacrifice in behalf of 
the lost. 

The indifference and inactivity of the church 
in relation to the salvation of the world is heart- 
breaking. How few we meet who'e hearts are on 
fire with the love of Christ, constraining them to 
offer up time, and strength of body and soul, and 
the money they earn in the sweat of their face 
for the rescue of souls from the thialdom and 
doom of sin. That souls are worth all the sac- 
rifice we can make for them, is demonstrated by 
God on the Cross. See 2 Cor. 8:9, and Philpp. 
2:0, 7, 8. God was not extravagant in the price 
He paid for the redemption of man. I Cor. 6: 20 
and I Pet. 1:18, 19. Let these sublime truths in- 
spire you with burning zeal in the blessed work 
of winning souls to Jesus. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 


In Three Parts.-Port Three. 

Though the thousand years' reign of Christ and 
the saints on earth will be a glorious period, and 
would appear good enough, were it to continue 
through all eternity, yet God has still some better 
things in reserve for his saints. The earth, no 
doubt, will be more densely populated at the close 
of the Millennium than ever before, tor there will 
be very few deaths, if any, during that time. But 
the thousand years will come to an end, and 
"Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and 
shall go out to deceive the nations which are in 
the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, 
to gather them together to battle: the number of 
whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went 
up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed 
the camp of the saints about, and the beloved 
city: and fire came down from God out of heav- 
en, and devoured them. And the devil that 
deceived them was cast into the lake of fire 
and brimstone, where the beast and the false proph- 
et are, and shall be tormented day and night for 
ever and ever." 

The beast and false prophet were cast into the 
lake of fire one thousand years before the devil; 
which looks as if they were worse than their 
master, — not where they were, but where they are. 
They were there a thousand years and are there 

This will be the last and most desperate effort 
that the devil has ever made. He will, no doubt, 
persuade the nations to rebel against the govern- 
ment of Christ and the saints, and, they having 
lived during all this time without temptation, will 
undoubtedly yield very readily to his suggestions. 
God means to try, or prove, all people, in order to 
test their loyalty. 

Satan will succeed wonderfully well in deceiving 
the nations, but will make an entire failure in the 
end. When the saints are once immortalized, 
Satan can have no power over them, for it is only 
through our mortal natures that he can reach us; 
hence he will fail in overcoming the camp of the 
saints, and the beloved city; but fire will come 
down from heaven and devour them, that is, the 

Here those who hold the doctrine of annihilation 
say, we have a fulfillment of. the prophecy of 
Mai. 4:3, "And ye shall tread down the wicked; 
for they shall be ashes under the soles of your 
feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord 
of hosts." But now follows the second or general 
resurrection. We will quote what follows this 
great event: " And I saw a great white throne, and 
him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and 
the heaven fled away; and there was found no place 
for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, 
stand before God; and the books were opened: 
and another book was opened, which is the book 
of life: and the dead were judged out of those 
things which were written in the books, according 

the dead 

to their works. And the sea gave up 
which were in it; and death and hell delivered up 
the dead which were in them: and they were 
judged every man according to their works. And 
death and hell were cast into the lake of 6re. 
This is the second death. And whosoever was not 
found written in the book of life was cast into the 
lake of fire." 

We will now quote from 2 Pet. 3, where we will 
find further testimony to the above: "This second 
epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both 
which I stir up your pure minds by way of remem- 
brance: That ye may be mindful of the words 
which were spoken before by the holy prophets, 
and of the commandment of us the apostles of the 
Lord and Savior: knowing this first, that there 
shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after 
their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise 
of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, 
all things continue as they were from the beginning 
of the creation. For this they willingly are igno- 
rant of, that by the word of God the heavens 
were of old, and the earth standing out of the 
water and in the water: whereby the world that 
then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 
but the heavens and the earth, which are now, 
by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto 
fire against the day of judgment and perdition 
of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant 
of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord 
as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one 
day. The Lord is not slack concerning his prom- 
ise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffer- 
ing to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, 
but that all should come to repentance. But the 
day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; 
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a 
great noise, and the elements shall melt with 
fervent heat, the earth also and the works that 
are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that 
all these things shall be dissolved, what manner 
of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation 
and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the 
coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens 
being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements 
shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, 
according to his promise, look for new heavens and 
a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." 

I have quoted largely from Peter, because he 
is very explicit on the subject. Some say the 
punishment of the wicked will not be literal fire, 
but it is only figurative language. If they prove 
that the flood was not literal water, perhaps they 
can sustain their theory. 

The skeptic says, " Where will God get fire enough 
to destroy this earth? " I suppose he could create 
it if necessary; but it is near at hand. There is 
fire enough in the atmosphere which we breathe, 
and in the water which we drink, if let loose, to 
put this planet in a blaze in an instant. • Separate 
the oxygen from the other ingredients, composing 
water and air, and this earth will soon be on fire. No 
doubt this earth will be a luminous body, like the 
sun, while it is undergoing this great conflagration. 
The ungodly will have to suffer the pangs of the 
second death, at least, while the earth is undergoing 
this purifying and renewing process. But Peter 
says, "We, according to his promise, look for a 
new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth 
righteousness." In Isa. 65: 17 we find this prom- 
ise, " For, behold, I create new heavens and a new 
earth: and the former shall not be remembered, 
nor come into mind." The new earth will so far 
exceed the former in glory and beauty, that the 
former, or the present, will no more come into 
memory because of its inferiority. 

John, like Peter, follows his description of the 
judgment and conflagration of this earth in the 
language following: " And I saw a new heaven and 
a new earth: for the first heaven and the first 
earth were passed away; and there was no more 
sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem down from God out of heaven, prepared 
as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard 
a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the 
tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell 

with them, and they shall be his people, and God 
himself shall be with them, and be their God. And 
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; 
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, 
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: 
for the former things are passed away." Rev. 21 
1, 2, 3, 4. 

I hope no one will get the idea that God will 
renew the third heaven where he resides. That 
is pure and holy and needs no renewing. Though 
Satan rebelled, he could not remain, "but was cast 

In Gen. I:6 f 7, 8, we read, "And God said, Let 
there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, 
and let it divide the waters from the waters: And 
God made the firmament and divided the waters 
which were under the firmament from the waters 
which were above the firmament: and it was so. 
And God called the firmament Heaven." Here 
we see that the atmosphere which forms the blue 
canopy above us, is called heaven. 

Hence, since water and air are elements; since 
they will be melted with fervent heat, it will be 
necessary to create a new heaven, or atmosphere, 
which will be free from all those poisonous gases, 
which cause so much sickness, disease and death. 
In the new earth there will be no more sea, but 
the whole surface of the earth will be capable of 
being inhabited. " There will be no night there," 
at least in the holy city; " no need of the sun, or of 
the moon to give light, but the Lord God and the 
Lamb will be the light thereof." 

We need no more wonder what gave light the 
first three days of creation, before there was a 
sun; for if God, who is the great source of light, 
will be the light of the New Jerusalem, he could 
enlighten the world before there was a sun. 

And there is the " pure river of water of life, 
clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of 
God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the stre 
of it, and on either side of the river, was there th 
tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fVuitsTan 
yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves o 
the tree were for the healing of the nations." 
22: 1, 2. 

It appears that there are still nations yet to 
heal on the new earth. " Blessed are they that 
do his commandments, that they may have 
to the tree of life, and may enter in through th 
gates into the city. For without are dogs, and 
sorcerers, and whoremongers, and adulterers, and 
idolaters, »and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." 
Rev. 22: 14, 15. Christ must continue to reign "till 
he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last 
enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he 
hath put all things under his feet. But when he 
saith all things are put under him, it is manifest 
that he is excepted, which did put all things under 
him. And when all things shall be subdued unto 
him, then shall the Son also himself be subject 
unto him that put all things under him, that God 
may be all in all." I Cor. 15: 25-28. 

Our text will not be fully completed, or the 
Lord's Prayer fully answered, until Christ has com- 
pleted his entire work of redemption, destroyed 
the last enemy and delivered the kingdom to the 
Father. For it is the Son addressing the Father, 
saying, " Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done 
in earth as it is in heaven." Hence, it is the Fa- 
ther's kingdom. 

Mt. Morris, III. 



There is something, I am afraid, for which we 
have not given the Roman Catholic Church suf- 
ficient credit, and that is her condemnation of 
Freemasonry and all the secret societies that have 
sprung up during the latter part of this century. 
I think I am not exaggerating facts when I state 
that every other man in America to-day is either 
a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Knight Templar, 
Knight of Pythias, or some other kind of secret 
Knight. Besides, there is no secrecy or shame 

nuauary 4, 

(about it, for a certain charm hanging tn th» . 
-hain or pinned to the lapel of the c a, , t V h " 

, the whole world what an hor^l 
[hings "tn secret.' ' lo ao 

Not so in countries where Romanism and the 
papacy prevail and where the consciences n7 
£re under the power of an illiberal ", " 
nenlightened clergy. Freemasons : on t h ""'' 
U the Atlantic, are not known °^ £ tt s «* 

priel halg a^T'* * ' F ~on, the 
'rongly condLn d i , p.aciL aH '"h"" J*™"* 
ban of excommunica io tL OH" "" " "" 
hard to be fo„„H k dges even are 

nam to De found, being most of them located i„ 
dark, narrow imna„;,kl» i , 'ocated in 

reach them V if "" Where one «n only 

each them by night, after much groping and 
Wing A man found out to be a Mason at 

»..y u t me usual church ceremonies into 

XE^^sr who ^ b - 

we^w^-ofte^r^ 56 "^ --' "' 
Freemasonry is fortunately extinct in Smyrna 
owing to a lack of spirit of solidarity among" the' 
members on one side, and the impossibility of in- 
creasing the membership on the other side The 

S " l0dg ? WhiCh flourish ed in our time 

fifteen years age), extst no more, and Freemasonry 
is to-day a byword for all that is dark, ungodly 
perfidious, " earthly, sensual and devilish " 

The only thing to be regretted is that " Free- 
mason and •' Protestant " are now here synonym- 
ous terms to Turks, Greeks and Catholics. I am 
frequently called by urchins, while passing through 
; the streets of Smyrna,. " Mahsonee, Mahsonee" 
; (mason)! This is a mild form of persecution 
which we can well and gladly stand for Him who 
experienced worse than that. When the Turks 
I and the so-called Christian churches here will 
know how we look upon secret societies, the 
urchins^ of Smyrna will no more call us " Mah- 

Smyrna, Asia Minnr. 

what sna i T Came t0 JCSUS ' "**» " faster, 
rC istl . "H '° mherit eternal life ? He 

aw" , l " n0 ' ,im ' What is wri tten "' ^e 

'aw.' how readest thou? And he answering said 

moar, td l '^ "J" L ° rd ih * God with SiX 

heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thv 

ha, , j ■ f [Chnst] said unt0 hi ">. Thou 

hast answered right, this do, and thou shall live " 
t-uKe io: 25-28. 

"So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all 
those things which are commanded you, say We 
are unprofitable servants: we have done that which 
was our duty to do." Luke 17: ,0. 
ter'. 1 ^' U ^ h ? r the conclusi °n of the whole mat- 
hs Li 3nd keCp his commandments; for 
this is the whole duty of man. For God shall 
bring every work into judgment, with every secret 
thmg, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." 
Iccl. 12: 13, 14, 

Mexico, Ind. 





'< for Jan. 12, ,Sg6.) 

3. He enjoyed the service. "The child Jesus tar- 
..ed behind in Jerusalem." He was in no hurry to 
get away from the place of worship. Children 
large and small, old and young, are often too anx- 
ious to see a service ended, that they may get away 
where they may feed their minds upon matters less 
serious than those of religion. Boys and girls 
hoi, d be made to feel that it is never a bad sign 
or them Io enjoy religious services. But there are 
two sides to this duty. While it is the duty of all 
worshipers, young and old, to try to be interested 
in and enjoy religious services, it is, on the other 
hand the duty of those who conduct these services 
to endeavor to make them interesting and edifying 



"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son 
of man, that thou visitest him? thou madest him a little lower 
than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, 
and didst set him over the works of thy hands."— Heb. 2: 6, 7. 

Friendly reader, did you ever stop to think 
what you really are? Did you ever get the idea 
that you are a part of God, or that there is an 
element of divinity in you? Remember our spirits 
came from God and must return to him and give 
account for the deeds done in the body. 

"What? know ye not, that your body is the 
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which 
ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye 
are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in 
your body and in your spirit, which are God's." 
1 Cor. 6: 19, 20. 

Jesus said, " I am the way, the truth, and the 
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." 
John 14:6. 

" For as many of you as have been baptized into 
Christ have put on Christ." Gal. 3: 27. 

" As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the 
Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in 
him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been 
taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." 
c ol. 2:6, 7. 

" Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in 
G od, believe also in me. In my Father's house 
are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have 
told you. 1 g0 to p re pare a place for you." John 
■4; 1, 2. 

" And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto 
""*■ Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the 
L °rd from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that 
th«y may rest from their labors; and their works 
do follow them." Rev. 14: 13. 

Time.— March or April, A. D. 9. 

PLACES.-Nazareth, the home of Jesus, in south- 
ern Galilee, sixteen miles west of the Sea of Galilee 
and Jerusalem, where all the national feasts of the 
Jews were held. 

Persons.— Joseph, Mary, jesus and the doctors. 

Introductory.— Six months after the birth of 
John the Baptist, prophecy of which we studied in 
last lesson, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, circum- 
stances surrounding which event we studied in our 
Christmas lesson, Dec. 22. The Holy Child was 
circumcised the eighth day, at the end of forty 
days presented to the Lord at the temple, when 
Simeon blessed the Child and Anna spoke of him 
as the Redeemer of Israel. When he was taken 
back again to Bethlehem he was visited by the wise 
men from the East, and then, to escape the wrath 
of Herod, Joseph and Mary took the Child by 
night and fled into Egypt. After the death of 
id they returned to Nazareth where they dwelt 
till the time of this lesson, all these events having 
covered a period of nearly thirteen years. 


The pa 

•mple. " His parents went to 
n every year at the feast of the passover." 
Xy of attendance upon the services of 
God's house should be practiced by every Christian 
parent. We cannot attach too much importance to 
the matter of a proper example set before our chil- 
dren in this direction. Though Joseph and Mary 
lived about seventy miles from Jerusalem, during 
all the years of his childhood Jesus observed that 
not one of these passover meetings did they fail to 
attend. Fathers and mothers, what kind of an ex- 
ample are you setting before your children in this 
matter of regularly attending the Sunday school, 
the preaching service and the prayer meeting? Jo- 
seph and Mary went to every meeting. Do you try 
to do as much? 

2. The parents and child went together. " When he 
was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem 
after the custom of the feast." The spiritual indi- 
viduality of Jesus was, no doubt, clearly discernible 
at this early age. He felt the weight of religious 
duty and responsibility, and his parents recognizing 
this, took him with them to the feast. Do parei 
ever think that they may be stepping between th 
child and his conviction of duty by keeping h 
away from religious services? We are too slow 
the spiritual individuality of our ch 
acting with reference to it. It is n 
only the parents' duty to attend religious servici 


1. lie sought information. "They found him in 
the temple, sitling in the midst of the doctors, both 
hearing them, and asking them questions." He 
both heard (listened to what was said) and asked 
questions. If the teacher can accomplish these 
two thmgs.-secure the attention of the scholars 
and awaken in them a disposition to ask ques- 
tions—much will be done toward making of them 
well-informed men and women. The boy Jesus 
ted to learn, and hence he listened and ques- 
ed. If boys and girls would astonish their eld- 
ers by their ability to answer questions, let them be 
as diligent 111 seeking information as was Jesus in 
the temple. 

2. He was about his Fathers business. Duty to 
parents, duty to teachers, duty to brothers, sisters 
playmates, all these should be diligently taught 
our children, but what is still more important is 
duty to our Heavenly Father. If children are' as 
thoroughly and diligently taught their duty to God 
as they ought to be, it will be comparatively easy 
to secure their observance of all other duties. Let 
our Father's business be first in all our desires, 
study, teaching, learning, prayers and efforts, and 
other "business " of less importance will, in a great 
measure, take care of itself. O it is grand and 
noble for the hearts of our boys and girls to early 
burn with the desire to be about their Father's 


I. He was dutiful there. Going back from Jerusa- 
lem, he returned again to his Nazareth home with 
Joseph and Mary and "was subject unto them." 
His Father was not yet ready for him to enter up- 
on public duties. The discipline of a quiet, humble 
home, and a willing submission to the kindly rule 
of earthly parents was necessary to his further 
preparation for the great work before him. Let 
our boys and girls be not too impatient to get from 
under the parental roof. The lessons they have 
yet to learn from the experiences of home and the 
advice of father and mother may be of far greater 
importance to them than they suppose. 

2. He grew in grace there. "He increased in wis- 
dom . . and in favor with God and man." Even 
at home is a good place for boys and girls to get 
better. While there are a great many other places 
where we may get good and be good and do good, 
let us not forget that one of the most important 
places of duty and privilege is home. Parents, are 
your homes, after all, places where your children 
may increase in wisdom and favor with God? 



you can 
iked the 

but they should encourage their children to go 
them. To keep a child away from God's house 
and thus prevent him from doing what he feels tc 
be his duty, is to cripple his moral strength, b 
..jiYib his spiritual sensibility 
ing against God. 

home? Have you asked the Lord to help you? 
Has he helped you? Are you continuing your 
prayers and efforts? Do you believe the Lord has 
yet much blessing in store for your home and 
ausehold? "Ask and ye shall receive." 

James M. Neff. 
h'luf.hdc, Ala. 

nd to be 

nd fight- 

"Our Heavenly Father knows what we are, and 
lere we are, and he can increase our strength 
cording to our days to any assignable degree, 
e do not want shoes of brass and iron while we 
ilk upon the smooth carpet; but should the 
road become very rough and thorny, these shoes 
are always at hand, and if we ask for them we 
shall have them. ■ Faithful is he that hath prom- 
ised, who also w ; " Jr. ;» ' " 



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[Possibly you are not all quite satisfied with your record for 
the last year. Perhaps with some Ihe serious thoughts that 
the new year fitly brings have been sad and remorseful ones. 
If so, we commend [his little sermon in verse;] 

He came to my desk with a quivering lip,— 
The lesson was done, — 
" Dear teacher, I want a new leaf," he said; 
" I have spoiled this one." 
In place of the leaf so stained and blotted 
1 gave him a new one all unspotted, 

Anil into his sad eyes smiled, — 
" Do better, now, my child." 

1 went to the throne wilii a quivering soul,— 
The old year was done — 
'• Dear Father, hast Ihou a new leaf for me? 
I have spoiled this one." 
He took the old leaf, stained and blotted, 
And gave rae a new one all unspotted, 

And into my sad heart smiled, — 
" Do better now, my child." 

most fifty Jewish girls mingle their voices with 
ours in singing songs of praise to our Heavenly 
Father every Monday evening at the close of the 
hour of industrial work. " For as ye in times past 
have not believed God, yet have now obtained mer- 
throttgh their unbelief: Even so have these also 
now not believed that through your mercy they al- 
ay obtain mercv." " God is able to graft them 
'ain." " If God spared not the natural branch- 
es, take heed lest he spare not thee." Paul had a 
warm heart for his brother Jew. What is the meas- 
ure of our love for " God's people " Israel? 

" I like that preacher because he preaches that 
we can understand him," was the comment of one 
of our children upon a recent sermon. To the 
thoughtful one who has marked the simplicity of 
language used by that Great Preacher and Teacher, 
it will be unnecessary to speak of the importance 
of presenting Gospel truths to the easy compre- 
hension of the young, but the tendency is lo talk 
" over the heads " of the children and even of the 
masses of the people. So far as we fail to use 
language that may be understood, we fail to reach 
the hearer. Let us try to reach the common peo- 
ple and the rising generation of children! 

:of ( 


This evening o: 
ingly that we come again wi 
to her mamma. Granting h 
with a happy heart. Yerily 
lead them." 

asked most plead- 
our Bibles to read 
request she left us 
a little child shall 

" I want to be a good Sunday school teacher" is 
the desire expressed by one of our correspondents. 
When we think of the abstract, superficial teach- 
ing that we ourselves have done in the past, and 
of the poor teaching that is done now, in many of 
our Sunday schools, we give a sigh of regret. Let 
us wake up to the fullest sense of our privileges 
and responsibility. Yes, we should look upon Sun- 
day school teaching as a grand, happy privilege. 
Three elements should enter into the life of every 
Sunday school teacher, that of living an exemplary 
life, studying God's Word, and having a love for 
souls. It is said that God uses the life of the 
teacher as the thin edge of the wedge, himself be- 
ing its greater end. Thus he finds admission into 
the hearts of our boys and girls through the life of 
the Sunday school teacher. Truly, he teaches best 
who lives best. As the stream cannot rise above 
its source, neither can our efficiency in teaching 
spiritual truths rise higher than the plane of our 
own lives. 



Some one has said that selfishness is the taproot 
of every sin. Yes, the world is perishing to-day 
for the want of lives, filled with the self-sacrificing 
love that characterized the life of Jesus Christ, and 
many precious souls will be forever lost, unless we, 
who bear the name of Christ, manifest in our lives 
a willingness to dethrone, ignore and forget self. 
Is there one of our readers, who, this day, will be- 
gin to show to the world what an uns 
accomplish for those who see its mai 
feel its power from day to day? 

uld study God' 
on willful ignor 

elfish life 

Among the happiest children we have seen are 
two little girls who each carried home with them 
this evening, a pieced quilt, the work of their own 
hands. They are "filled up," too, ready for the 
lining. We desire that our girls acquire habits of 
industry as well as good morals, that they may be 
as the virtuous woman " who looketh well to her 
household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." 

"I say then, Hath God cast away his people? 
God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the 
seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin." Al- 

To teach successfully. 
Word. He puts no prem 

an e. Jesus himself " inc eased in wisdom." We 
must also love our pupils to teach successfully. 
One may have limited opportunities, but all may 
have that tender, compassionate love. All about us 
are lives of children and older persons which seem 
unattractive, but they need only the touch of a 
loving heart and hand to bring out in them the 
spiritual beauty hidden within. 

" May every soul that touches mine, 
Be it the slightest contact, get therefrom some good. 
Some little grace, one kindly thought, 
One aspiration yet unfelt. one bit of courage 
For the darkening sky, one gleam of faith. 
To brave the thickening ills of life; 

One glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists : 
To make this life worth while 
And heaven a surer heritage! " 

iSj Hastings St., Chicago, 111. 

n that it is not true in the simple statement 
as set forth. 

That we will finally get to just where we belong, 
and where we have fitted ourselves for. is un- 
doubtedly true, indeed anything different would 
be inconsistent with the idea of infinite justice, 
even when tempered with mercy. In the Bible 
story the worker in the vineyard received the 
same amount for a brief day's work that the others 
did who worked all day long. It shows clearly 
that not the amount of work that we do deter- 
mines the reward, but that the spirit in which it is 
done is the angle from which the Judge views the 

We are very apt to regard the man or woman 
who does a great thing in the world, or a series 
of great things, as being entitled to an ade- 
quate reward, or as the phrase goes as earning ad- 
ditional stars in the final crown of glory. I do not 
know that this is not the result, for I am no man's 
judge, but I feel sure that the idea back of the 
usual form of expression is wholly wrong. 

It is unquestionably true that God judges us by 
our motives of action, and not by the result we 
accomplish. Here is a man with a large fruit farm. 
For some reason he decides to give away the whole 
crop to some charitable end, and the word is sent 
out that all that he gets for all that he sells will be 
given to the poor in the form and in the manner 
he indicates, all of which is carried out to the let- 
ter. If his motive is an advertisement of his wares 
what moral value at all has his deed? On the oth- 
er hand there is an old woman who has worn her- 
self out in running over the hills to gather a hand- 
ful of wild strawberries for a sick child in whom 
she has no personal interest whatever, and never 
giving the act a moment's thought, as she has * 
been doing that all her life, because it seemed 
right. Now in the eyes oi God which is the great- 
er, the handful of berries, or the thousand bushels 
of' fruit? 

A careful analysis of the two cases will show 
that in the end the one that was actuated-by 
highest principle back of it is the one which will 
receive the greater value in the eyes of an impar- 
tial and all-knowing judge. I believe that to do 
that which seems right in our eyes for the sake of 
the possible reward in the case is a selfish and un- 
worthy motive, but to do right simply because it 
is right, without a thought as to the personal value 
accruing, and because it is God's will that the best 
should be done, is a better view to take. 

This article may meet the eye of those who have 
earnestly tried to do right and the result was a 
greater snarl of the web than before. All things 
seem to have gone wrong despite our best efforts 
at straightening them out, and we are apt to regard 
ourselves as failures, but it is a blessed thought 
that God is allwise and that he will deal with us 
as we meant. I have no doubt but that if we 
know hereafter as we know here, we will see that 
those who fought it out silently and uncomplain- 
ingly in the midst of adverse surroundings will 
reach a higher plane than he who has gathered the 
world's laurels in all men's view. 
Lewisburgh, Pa. 



A great many people imagine that they are 
here for the purpose of doing a work on the 
amount and character of which their place in the 
world to come will largely depend. To a certain 
extent this may be true, but I am inclined to the 

" Nothing is easier than to mislabel a person's 
character. The next step is to criticise the person 
when he is found not to fit the label, instead of to 
criticise the labeling as not fitting the person. 
Many a child is praised as a good child because it 
is very quiet, and gives its care-takers little trouble; 
while another child is denied that adjective because 
of its restless activity, obtrusive energy, its sense of 
humor, and perhaps even mischievous disposition. 
So far as real goodness is concerned, the child 
fitting this latter description may be the only one 
of the two that could rightfully be called good. 
The other may be deceptive, stealthy, lazy and 
selfish. That this latter child grows up to be a 
doubtful character, or to a life of dishonor, is no 
just reflection on earthly goodness. But it may be 
a reflection on the standard by which most people 
estimate and apply the terms 'good' and 'bad' 
to babies and youth." 


January 4, 18 


General Missionary a Tract Department 


E. EBV, Chairman _ 

D. L.M™ V MUm „ and T,ea,»r,, Mo rS„!SS: 

[SAAC F.ANI . Fh M Hill. Ohio! 

jgy-All money and correspondence Utended (or any ol the n '■ - 
der the General Committee, or any business connected therewith ' ..hluiiY'i'' 
addressed to GErAiRAL Missionary and Tkact Committ'ef Mn.mi 
Morris, ID. (Gale* B. Rover. Secretary.) 


I SAW on the hills of the morning, 
The form of the New Year arise, 
He stood like a statue adorning 

The world with a background of skies. 
There were courage and grace in hii beautiful face 
And hope in his glorious eyes. 
" I come from time's boundless forever," 
'"1 song. 

1 friend to endeavo 


1 wrong. 

To the sad and afraid I bring promise of aid 
And the weak 1 will gird and make strong. 
" I bring you more blessings than terrors, 
I bring you more sunlight than gloom. 
I tear out your page of old errors, 

And hide them away in Time's tomb. 
I reach you clean hands, and lead on to the lands 
Where the lilies of peace are in bloom. 



What must we heed? We answer, God's d 
vine will. Take heed that we obey the commands 
of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In reading the Bible, 
we find it is not the minister, nor the hearer, no 
the reader, but the doer that will receive th 
blessing. Our works here on earth will decide ou 
destiny: " Blessed is he that readeth and they that 
hear the words of the prophecy and keep those 
.things which are written therein, for the time i< 
at hand." Rev. 1: 1, 2. 

We know not the day nor the hour when the 
Son of Man cometh, " therefore we ought to give 
the more earnest heed to the things which we 
have heard, lest at any time we let them slip 
For if the words spoken by angels were stead- 
fast and every transgression and disobedience re- 
ceived a just recompense of reward, how shall 
we escape if we neglect so great salvation." Heb, 
1:1,2. Hence it is very necessary for us to give 
heed to our words and actions, if we wish to in- 
herit eternal life. If we wish to be ao heir oi 
God's and a joint heir of Christ, we must comply 
with Matt. 5:44, for "love Is the fulfilling of th 
law." If we professing Christians are Christ-like, 
we will not be respecters of persons. Take heed! 
When Jesus was here on earth he bestowed his 
blessings on all classes of people. He says, " Wb 
soever will may come." " I gave my life for all 
who will take up the cross and follow me." 

In running our Christian race, sometimes we 
stumble and fall, or offend someone, or get of- 
fended. What then? How many of us know 
what our duty is? How many of us do our duty? 
Let us pause and think! What did we promise in 
our baptismal vow? How many of us comply 
with what Paul says: "Ye that are spiritually 
minded restore such an one in meekness" ? He 
says, " spiritually minded " and " meekness." Let 
us take heed to our actions and see if we comply 
with what God requires of us as his children. 
He is watching our actions, knows our thoughts, 
and is noting them down in the Book of Life. 
Some day they will stand for or against us. 

While Jesus was here on earth he sat at meat 
with publicaas and sinners, and when the Phar- 
isees found fault, he said, " I came to call sinners, 
not the righteous." This should be a warning to 
us, not to think more highly of self than we ought 
to think. In following the tour of Jesus, we find 
he aided those who were helpless, despised, for- 
saken. He did not turn his back to the lunaUc, 
nor shun the Samaritan woman. Nol He came 

to save the fallen and say, " Follow me." " I am 
the light of the world." 

If we study the disposition of Christ and walk 

his footsteps wc will, or must, become very 
humble, meek and obedient. Let us take heed 
to his conversation,-what was it like? Always 
pure and holy. Are we imitating him? Is not 
our conversation more of a Satanic than a Biblical 
nature? " From the abundance of the heart the 
mouth speaketh." Are we trying to bring our 
children up in the nurture and admonition of the 
Lord? God has given them to us and will we not 
be held responsible for them? Do we try to im- 
press on their minds the wrong there is in the 
vain, foolish fashions, or do we indulge in them 
ourselves? Do we tell them the sin that is in- 
dulged in at the worldly amusements, or do we 
go and take the little ones along? 

How often children will say, " Mamma, is this 
right?" or, "Is that the way?" As we answer, 
the child believes. We are moulding their mind: 
What for? No wonder Paul says, "Take heed." 
It is a warning that we need. 

When we ask for money for mission work, how 
many respond by giving without a murmur? I 
not the earth and the fullness th«reof the Lord's? 
How often we spend the Lord's money for the 
lust of the eye! How many unnecessary things 
we buy, when there are those around us (perhap: 
some have sacrificed self for us), who are in want 
Winter is here. Think of the poor, shivering littli 
children! Jesus said, "The poor shall be alway 
with you." Why? Because we are to be tried, to 
see if we love our neighbor as ourself. Who w 
get the reward,— the one that seeks to gratify 
self, and, if there is anything to spare, gives that 
remnant for souls that are worth more than all 
the world, or the one who is willing to divide? 

We cannot go to heaven on flowery beds of ease. 
We must deny self and seek for opportunities tc 
do good. God has created us intelligent being* 
and will reward us according to the efforts we put 
forth in his service. There are many great anc 
precious promises in store for us if we are faithful 
He has promised us a home in heaven, or ever 
lasting punishment. Take heed, which are we 
bound for? Not all that say, "Lord, Lord," 
but those that are the doers shall be blessed. Let 
us not get weary in well doing, but let us b 
steadfast, immovable, always abounding in th 
work of the Lord, for our work will not be ii 
vain. Let us not get discouraged like the childrei 
of Israel, but go forward, press onward, " toward 
the mark for the prize of the high calling of God 
in Christ Jesus." We have no promise of th 
crown till the end of the race. 

Take heed! Let us obedient be. 

While here on earth we roam, 
And when at death's dark door we stand, 

Then God will take us home. 


" Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all 
His benefits: who forgiveth all my iniquities; who 
healeth all my diseases; who redeemcth my life 
from destruction. I will praise the Lord with my 
whole heart; as long as I live will I praise the 
Lord." " By His stripes we are healed; surely, 
He hath borne our sickness and carried our pains." 
" Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with 
benefits. All the earth shall worship Thee, and 
shall sing unto Thee; O Thou that hearest prayer, 
unto Thee shall all flesh come. Come and hear, 
all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he 
hath done for my soul." Selah. 

It is now the ninth week since 1 was taken with 
the fever. We were in the country, and during 
the first week or ten days I thought I would 
simply overcome it by mental determination and 
a few remedies we knew. When we came home 
we at once sent for the doctor, who sent ine 
straightway to bed. Four weeks he called daily. 

Besides the medicines, he applied mustard plas- 
fomentations, and a blister. I had enlarge- 
ment of the liver, accompanied by fever, etc. At 
end of four weeks, the doctor said he had 
done all he could, but my liver was constantly 
getting worse. He advised removal to the hos- 
pital, the sooner the better. Things looked a little 
)us. Our boys were very much wrought upon. 
The cook could not give the bazaar account for 
crying. We expected an abscess to form and that 
a painful operation would be necessary. Many 
friends in need came to help. They carried me 
to the station, lying on a dhoolie. They sent 
a carriage to take Mary and Bertha to the station, 
close after me. They carried me to the car from 
the waiting-room, and helped me in, and fixed a 
bed quickly, and gently laid me on it. As the 
train was ready to go, the doctor stood holding 
my wrist in his hand. I confess it did seem a 
little like living through my own funeral. But 
I sorrowed most for my devoted wife and sister 
Bertha. They had the care and anxiety. None 
of our friendly helpers would take pay. May 
God bless our kind friends and neighbors, and 
make us a great blessing to them all! Our trust 
is in the Lord. 

It is now the fourth week that I am in the 
Bombay General Hospital. I am well, praise the 
Lord, and have an enormous appetite, but because 
I am so weak yet, the hospital authorities will 
not give me a certificate of dismissal. I am happy 
and content, —they know best. 

Soon after I was here I found that the physi- 
cians regarded mine as a suspicious case. Pus all 
over the liver. The most was deepest seated. 
They broke the news gently to me that I would 
likely have to have a little surgical operation, but 
they would wait yet a few days. When the few 
days were past, the temperature was around about 
the normal line, and I was otherwise improving. 
The attendant pains about the liver were less, 
the chilly sensations had ceased and the sweating 
was only a little at times. The physicians said it 
was remarkable, but we saw it all plainly. W.\ 
mightily called upon the Lord in time of t.ouble 
and He delivered us. lie seems to us now more, 
than ever. The most sacred experience in prayer 
cannot be told. His hand stayed the forming of 
an abscess, and sent the pus off through the nat- 
ural channels. Blessed be the Lord for redemp- 
tion privileges! "All power is given unto me in 
heaven and in earth." He who can heal the soul, 
can He not heal the body? 

This sickness has been a blessing to me. I re- 
alize that I am closer to Him. "The Lord loveth 
whom He chasteneth." I can trust Him further 
now. It seems to me I know Him better. I have 
learned when to stand still to see the salvation 
of the Lord. I have learned that- without Him 
1 can do nothing, but with Him all things are 
possible. We have all been brought to wait upon 
the Lord. I am not alone in the midst of this 
shower of blessings. Divine blessings are only 
limited by our little capacities to receive them. 
"All the ends of the world shall remember and 
turn unto the Lord. Praise His holy name even 
forever. Selah!" 

Buhar, hut., Nov. 20. 

" That there is no good without labor is evi- 
dently true in preaching. They who stand before 
the people to instruct thein in the things of Christ 
should be sure that what they have to say is 
really the Word of God, and not some opinion or 
conceit of the flesh. They should also strive to 
present this Word as plainly and forcibly as their 
abilities allow. Many sermonizers forget that they 
arc not to preach themselves, but the Lord Jesus. 
They are anxious to be thought eloquent or 
ned or witty; so they are self-conscious in all 
they say, and put themselves in front of the truth, 
which it is their duty to proclaim. 

Many things go to make up the happiness of our 
life; this is its blessedness — to have faith in God, to 
be truly, deeply practically religious. 


January 4, 1896. 

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Joseph Amick Business Manager. 

Nine are said to have been baptized in the Rock- 
ingham church, Mo., since Nov. 10. 

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Alount Morris, III., January 4, 1896. 

Five accessions are reported at the Yellow River 
church, Ind. 

Bro. J. O. Brubakf.r, of Crescent City, Okla., 
should hereafter be addressed at Action, same Ter- 

The poor are calling for the Messenger. Will 
you contribute freely to the poor fund, that wc 
may send the paper to them? Let us hear from a 
number of the liberal-hearted at once. 

Bro. I, J. Rosenberger has recovered from his 
late sickness, and is now preaching in the Palestine 
church, Darke Co., Ohio. For a time, in the early 
'oart of his sickness, his relatives were considerably 

. Bro. T. A. Robinson, of Douglas Co., Kansas, re- 
cently prospected in Arkansas for a location, and 
then went to Newton County, 
of making his home. Hi 
Grangeville, that County. 

here he thinks 
ay now be addressed at 

Does your elder take the Messenger? If not, 
send it to him. In this age when every depart- 
ment of church work should be pushed you do not 
want to have it said that your housekeeper does 
not read his church paper. Certainly not. 

Some communications, intended for Christmas 
reading, came too late to be published in seasona- 
ble time, and for that reason will not appear. Es- 

says and poems, for any special iss 
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patrons read 

Of late we have received an u 
communications which the autho 
without their names. Very few of 
that class of matter, and for that reason we do not 
publish anonymous articles. By this the writers of 
anonymous communications will know what has be- 
come of them 

programs of children 

receiving more reports of Ministerial 

Programs of Sunday school meetings, 

neetings, etc., etc., than 

we can find room to publish. Those who send 

us matter of this kind should permit 

and condense that whic 

profitable and interesting 

nay prove the 



C. C. Ro 

' has been doing some good mis- 
sionary work among the convicts in the State 
Prison, Kansas. He reports two baptized and two 
'more applicants. He further states that it was 
through the instrumentality of the Messenger that 
the Gospel light reached these unfortunate people 
It is to be hoped that many more will be won over 
to the Truth. 

Eight came out on the Master's side during Bro. 
H. C. Early's meetings in the Lost Creek church, 

December 15, Bro. Walter S. Long closed a 
series of meetings in the Aughwick church, Pa., 
with thirteen accessions. 

Bko. D. L. Miller's first letter about his trip 
around the world, appears on the next page of this 
issue. These letters will be read with unusual in- 

The Brethren's Missionary Visitor has been im- 
proved both in appearance and contents. It is now 
published monthly, and contains sixteen well-filled 

Bro. I. N. H. Beahm closed his meetings in the 
Beaverdam church, Frederick Co., Md., with six ac- 
cessions. He preached nineteen sermons and had 
very large congregations. 

has been greatly 
: much rejoiced, 
'ith twenty-three 

The special Bible Term opens here next Mon- 
day morning. We look for an interesting time and 
a good attendance. 

The Brethren at Lanark, 111., closed their series 
of meetings last week with two accessions by bap- 
tism and one reclaimed. 

Bro. John Seas, of Covington, Ohio, writes that 
leir series of meetings, conducted by D. S. Fil- 
rum, still continues with interest. 

The Eel River church, Indian: 
blessed of late. The members : 
They closed a series of meetings 
baptized and one reclaimed. 

A very i 
meetings wa 
church, Ohi, 

by baptism 1 

A series ot meetings in the Union church, Ind., 
closed Dec. 7. There were eighteen accessions, 
sixteen baptized and two reclaimed. 

Bro. J. G. Rover spent his vacation with the 
Lower Stillwater church, Ohio, returning last Tues- 
day evening. He reports four baptized and some 

Bro. Geo. E. Stone, of Carson City, Mich., is 
spending a few weeks in the vicinity of the Mount. 
He preached for the Brethren at Silver Creek 
church, last Sunday morning and evening. 

iteresting and encouraging series of 
1 closed in the Central house, Salem 
, Dec. 23. There were twelve added 
nd one reclaimed. 

In this issue, as well as in the future issues, Br. 
H. B. Brumbaugh's letters will be commenced c 
the first page and closed on the second. Just no 
they are particularly full of interest. 

York, are 


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mining funds for the 
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lg and tr; 
jfferers. The fin 
tid to be strictly 1 

Bro. J. K. Miller, on his way from the Bible 
school at South English, Iowa, to North Manches- 
ter, Ind , gave us a short call last Saturday. Bro. 
Miller is in earnest about Bible work among the 

A few of our brethren in Denmark and Sweden 
have learned to read the English, and to them the 
Messenger is a treat. This week we received a 
two dollar bill from one of them with a request for 
the Messenger during 1896. 

Writing from the Fairview church, Tippecanoe 
Co , Ind., Nov. 23, Bro. John W. Root says: " Bro. 
David Dilling, of Monticello, Ind., opened a series 
of meetings with us, which continued for two 
weeks. Six came out on the Lord's side and were 
received by baptism; two reclaimed." 

Bro. Neff writes us that his mental vigor is all 
right, that it is rather better than when he lived in 
the Mount. He thinks the mild climate has proved 
helpful to him in mind as well as in body. The 
reason he furnished no article on the lesson for 
Dec. 29, is due to the fact that it was deemed un- 
necessary to have an article on the review. 

A. E. Tr 

oyer, of Milton, Oregon, who has 
been living in that part of the State for two years 
thinks that Milton would be an excellent place for 
the Brethren to settle and build up a church. Es- 
pecially would he be pleased to have one of our 
ministers to locate there. In his letter he mentions 
some good inducements that will be made known 
to those who will write him with stamp inclosed. 

Many of our ministers are writing us for informa- 
tion in regard to procuring half-fare permits. It is 
useless to do so, as that matter, for the Central and 
Western States is in the hands of B. D. Caldwell, 
Chicago, and we do not have 
render any assistance whatever 
our chances with the rest of the Brethren n 
Those wishing application blanks will call on their 
local railroad agent, or write Mr. Caldwell, and 
follow the instructions given. 

Bro. H. J. Wolf, of Nevada, Mo„ is with us, to 
remain a week or more. He is a baker by occu- 
pation, and also breaks the Bread of Life as occa- 
sion permits. He is looking for a suitable location 
for both occupations. 

A few days ago Bro. I. D. Parker, of Elkhart, 
Ind., met with an accident that will confine him to 
his home for some days. While out driving, his 
teim became frightened, ran a half mile, and threw 
him out against a telegraph pole, resulting in some 
bad bruises. 

We are in receipt of a letter from Bro. Miller, 
written on the Red Sea, one thousand miles south 
of Cairo, Egypt. He and his wife were in good 
health, but suffering more or less from the great 
heat, as they were then in the Torrid Zone. The 
vessel on which they sailed carried forty mission- 
aries who were on their way to the heathen lands. 

Bro. J. W. Ecker, of Sharpsburg, Maryland, 
writes that during the year 1895, 6,435- baptisms 
were reported in the Messenger. This does not 
include those reported in Nos. 52, 53 and 42, nor 
does it include applicants whose baptism was not 
specially mentioned. Of those baptized, eight re- 
side in Sweden and Denmark, and four in Asia 

The Brethren have long had the reputation of 
understanding the Scriptures sufficiently to be able 
to find the chapter and verse for what they teach 
and believe. Now, if any one imagines that their 
knowledge stops here, just let him sound them on 
the movements of the moon. A few weeks ago we 
ventured the statement that not for 1800 years had 
there been two full moons in December. It is as- 
tonishing how many letters we received, stating 
that similar occurrences had happened even in re- 
cent years. Well, this proves that editors are no 
authority on the moon. We advise all our patrons 
to send tor a copy of our Almanac, and keep post- 
ed. While we may now and then make a mistake 
the Almanac will not, especially on the movement 
of the moon. 

The time was when editors in our Brotherhood 
received many very unkind letters. But that day 
seems to be past. We now seldom receive an 
abusive letter. Our people are improving in 
Chnstian courtesy. As a rule, if something ap- 
pears in the paper which they think should not be 
published, they find a kind way of calling our at- 
tention to it. Still, occasionally, one gently re- 
bukes us for not printing what he writes, and now 
and then a reader thanks us for not giving to the 
public what he prepared for that purposf. Here 
.s one of these letters of thanks. It may do a few 
good to read it: ' 

I senf ,™ 1 ?! 81 !^ 1 ' y ° k U *» M1 Pushing the letter 
th't car, rfisori g 1 * at ' he B '°*«hood has an editor 

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January 4, 1896. 

Bro. John Fkidley, of Gooseneck, West Va. on 
renewing his subscription, serves this notice on' us- 
"Whenever you get the notice of my death you 
may know when my subscription will stop and not 

In order to get as much news as possible in this 
issue, we have done a good deal of " boiling down " 
with the correspondence. While a few of our cor- 
respondents may not like to see their communica- 
tions condensed, still this is one way ot shaping 
things so that everybody can get in at least a few 
words "edgeways." And yet with all of this boil- 
ing down a number of interesting reports must re- 
main over until next week. 



Let all of our Brethren learn to use the Lord's 
Prayer just as it is found in the Book. It is thus 
recorded in Matt. 6: 9-13: "Our Father which art 
in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom 
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heav- 
en. Give us this day our daily bread. And for- 
give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And 
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from ev- 
il. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the 
glory, for ever. Amen." 


The year 1895 has closed and 1896 is here, and 
we are happy to greet our readers with this the be- 
ginning of a new volume of the Messenger. At 
the close of each year we have a volume of the pa- 
per bound and placed in our library. Each year we 
must make room for another volume, and as we 
look over the long row of large books we think of 
the days, weeks and years of earnest labor required 
to bring out the matter placed before our readers. 
Then we think of the good they have derived from 
reading it, and the good yet to come from the seed 
that has been sown. 

But we have not time now to think much of the 
past. We did the best we could. The present is 
with us, the great future is before us, and we know 
not what a week or a month may bring forth. One 
thing certain, it is our duty to enter upon the task 
in hand, and endeavor to give to our patrons a pa- 
per that will be for their edification and instruction, 
and, if possible, make the volume for 1896 better 
than any that have yet appeared. This, of course, 
is no easy task for us, as we made similar efforts in 
the past, and yet we know that the only road to 
success is to strive to do still better work as the 
years go by. So it will be our constant aim to 
prove upon that which has gone to record. 

And while we feel the importance of lifting the 
paper to a still higher standard, it is to be hoped 
that we are all concerned about reaching a higher 
plane of Christian living. We are here preparing 
ourselves for the life beyond the grave, and as the 
years come and go we realize that we are approach- 
ing the end of our journey. Then, how important 
it is that we grow better as the years increase! 
And we can certainly make some progress in this 
direction by striving to make the present the most 
successful year of our earthly pilgrimage. 

As we enter the year we cannot tell what is be- 
fore us. It may be a period of peace and it may 
not, but whatever comes, we, as the Brethren 
church, have a mission demanding all our attention 
and influence. We are in the world to obey the 
Gospel in all its parts, and most earnestly preach it 
to others. We are the teachers of peace on earth 
and good will towards man. We are pleading for 
religious liberty, and the full exercise of conscience 
among all the people of earth. As a body we 
stand opposed to war as well as slavery, and op- 
posed to everything that degrades the race, and if 
ever there was a time when we should let our light 
shine fully that period is now here. We are in an 
age where it may require more than ordinary firm- 
ness -to stand in defense of sound doctrine and 

maintain sound principles. It is the aim of the 
Messenger to prove particularly helpful to the 
Brotherhood along these as well as other lines of 
duty, equally important. 

Respecting the position of the Messenger re- 
garding the work of the year, our readers must 
judge of the future by the past. We are set for the 
defense of the Gospel, and what we believe and 
have maintained in the past we still believe and in- 
tend to defend to the full extent of our ability. We 
are in full sympathy with the Brotherhood and her 
mission, and with a clear conscience can teach and 
defend her principles. We shall, however, strive to 
lead the members to a still better life, and endeav- 
or to insist upon our principles being better under- 
stood. We have that aggressive spirit that prompts 
us to urge the extending of the borders of Zion not 
only in America, but elsewhere. The world is the 
Lord's, the people are his by creation, and should be 
his by adoption. We would like to see our people 
do still more in the way of preaching the Gospel ev- 
erywhere, and will most assuredly urge them to do 
so. » 

With these reflections we commence the present 
volume, realizing that we have a great work before 
us, and need the prayers, help and counsels of all 
our members as well as the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit. We also trust to continue our visits to the 
homes of the thousands who have been taking the 
paper during the year 1895. We are also thankful 
for the many new names added to our list, and 
trust that our labors together may prove a mutual 
benefit to each and all of us. r h m 


When a piece of church news like this comes to 
our desk we find no occasion to use the blue pen- 

La Forge, Mo.— I commenced a series of meetings 011 
Thanksgiving Day at the Hurricane schoolhouse, nine miles 
from here, where a few poor but very zea'ous members are lo- 
cated. The weather being unfavorable we closed Dec. 8 with 
two additions by baptism and one reclaimed One was bap- 
tized at our regular appointment before the meeting com- 
menced.— Ira P. Eby. 

But many reports reach us in this shape: 

La Van, Mo., Dec. 18, 1895. 

According to previous arrangements I left my home at La- 
in, Mo., Dec. 2, and reached Juan, Mo., the same evening, 
ro. A. C. Anning met me there, conveyed me to his place, 
ne miles east of Juan. I commenced preaching in the 
Brethren's large house of worship that same evening. The 
congregations were not very large at first, but increased every 
night, only on Saturday night, when it rained. This is known 
as the Lakeview church. Though the assembly was small I 
entertained them the best I could. On Sunday we had two 
meetings, one in the forenoon, and the other at night. At the 
forenoon meeting there were two applicants. We continued 
the meetings until the next Sunday evening, Dec. 15. The 
house was crowded to its utmost capacity at the two last meet- 
ings. From first to last there were ten applicants. Six of 
them were baptized, leaving four yet to be baptized. There 
were also two restored. A good impression was left on the 
minds of the people, and I believe that many are counting the 
cost. I left the members here with many regrets. 1 never 
was more kindly treated. I reached home on Monday even- 
ing, and found my family in good health, for which 1 thank 
the Lord. I cannot close this letter without thanking the 
brethren, sisters and friends at Juan for their kindness. 

Yours Fraternally, 
J. C. Manning. 

By the time our blue pencil gets through with a 
report of this kind, it will appear in print about 

Lakeview Church, Mo— On the evening of Dec. 2, I com- 
menced a series of meetings in the Lakeview church, nine 
miles east of Juan, this State, and closed Dec. 15, with six bap- 
tized, four applicants and two restored. The meetings were 
generally well attended, and the interest excellent.— J. C. 
Maiming, La Van, Mo., Die. iS. 

Wise people need only a mild hint now and then, 
and most writers do not like the blue pencil. Can 
we not give it a rest by using more brevity? 

j. H. M. 

Number One. 


Ever since the bright May day morning, a half 
year ago, when we left home in Mt. Morris and 
started on our travels eastward, we have been on 
our homeward journey. And whether we have 
been sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, or on the 
North, the Baltic, the Adriatic, the /Egean, the 
Mediterranean, or the Red Seas, or on the Indian 
Ocean, we have said to each other, " Every day's 
travel takes us nearer home." When we traveled 
overland in England, France, Germany, Scandi- 
navia, and the snowy heights of Switzerland, and 
the sunny plains of Italy, and the vine-clad hills of 
Greece, and the Holy Land, and Egypt, we always 
had the thought present with us that we were 
going home. Heretofore on our travels we have 
had, when starting, an objective point, which, when 
reached, we began our return voyage. But on this 
journey we move on eastward until, the Lord 
willing, we land at San Francisco, and, still contin- 
uing our eastward course, finally reach home. We 
are impressed with the thought that our journey is 
something like the great voyage of life which we 
are all making. There is no turning back. On- 
ward is the word, until, if we follow the compass 
and chart of God, the goal is won and the haven of 
eternal rest is entered. 

Of our travels in Europe, Palestine and Egypt, 
Bro. Brumbaugh has written so fully and so well 
as to leave nothing further to be desired along the 
line where we have journeyed together. Twice 
before this we have taken our readers with us to 
the East and through the " Lands of the Bible." 
It would seem, therefore, that nothing more re- 
mains for our pen. But the Holy Land is so full 
of interest that each time we come to visit it we 
learn~something new and see it under different 
aspects, and beg the indulgence of the readers of 
the Messenger. We call attention to some things 
learned and some reflections made on our last visit. 
We now recall our parting with our traveling 
companions at Beirut. We had enjoyed a most 
delightful sea voyage together from Smyrna. A 
gentle breeze, soft and balmy, made the warm 
October days delightfully pleasant. The sea, on 
its good behavior, was smooth and calm, and its 
waters blue as only the "Great Sea" is blue. A 
bright, clear sky, with the full moon making night 
ashamed of its darkness, added materially to the 
pleasure of the journey. We set it down in our 
notebook as one of the most delightful sea voyages 
we have ever enjoyed. On Saturday, Oct. 5, we 
cast anchor at the base of Lebanon and early on 
the Lord's Day morning brethren Brumbaugh, 
Bingaman and Myers left us to go to Damascus by 
the new railway, and thence to Jerusalem in ten or 
twelve days on horseback, while we, wife and I, 
were to go on by sea to Jaffa, and thence to Jeru- 
salem, where we again met two weeks later. 

At two o'clock P. M. we steamed out of the 
harbor at Beirut and took our course southward 
along the Syrian coast. Westward the horizon was 
bounded by the waters of the Mediterranean. The 
fine weather continued and the sea was literally as 
smooth as glass. We congratulated ourselves that 
we were to have a pleasant afternoon sailing along 
the western border of the Holy Land, and upon the 
prospect of a smooth landing at Jaffa on the mor- 
row. East of us the Lebanon mountains were in 
full view; once the pride of Syria, now brown and 
bare. The cedar and fir have been cut down, and 
the "glory of Lebanon" has departed. As we 
skirted the foot of the mountain range we had 
ample time to look up and meditate upon the Bible 
associations connected with Lebanon. 
Yonder on the flat beach, which was so close to 


January 4, 

us that it seemed that we might almost have 
thrown a stone to the shore, may have been the 
very spot to which Hiram's woodmen brought the 
hewn cedar and fir trees, making a veritable log- 
ging camp of the place until the floats were made 
and the costly timber was sent by sea to Jaffa, 
where it was delivered to King Solomon's work- 
men. In full sight of the supposed logging camp 
was the ancient city of Sidon. And force is given 
to the statement that the camp was located in this 
neighborhood, from the fact that there were none 
among all the people in all the land that could 
"skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians."* 

Along the coast of ancient Phcenicia we sailed, 
and so close, too, that the shore line was plainly 
visible to the naked eye. Modern Sidon, closely 
and compactly built, presents a pleasing sight from 
the sea. Her groves of mulberry trees, and gar- 
dens of oranges, lemons, pomegranates, apricots, 
bananas and palms are in striking contrast with the 
oppressive barrenness all along the coast. These 
gardens are the pride of Sidon. The silk industry 
flourishes and the little city, with fifteen thousand 
souls, is fairly prosperous. The ancient name 
Zidon t and the New Testament name Sidon is 
still preserved. Here Paul landed when on his way 
to Rome as a prisoner and went " unto his friends 
to refresh himself,"! a positive evidence that 
Christianity had been introduced at Sidon at a very 
early period. 

Just as the sun touched the watery horizon we 
sighted the island and mainland on which, at one 
time, stood the mighty City of Tyre, the proud 
mistress of the sea. If you would like an accurate 
description of her wealth and greatness, read care- 
fully the thirty-seventh chapter of Ezekiel. Fol- 
low this with the reading of the thirty-sixth and 
thirty-eighth chapters of the same prophecy and 
learn the fate of the proud city, and know that the 
prophecy has been literally fulfilled. There is not 
in all the East a more remarkable fulfillment of 
prophecy than that connected with this very City 
of Tyre. The dust has been literally scraped from 
her and she has become "like the top of a rock." 
And this very day it is " a place for the spreading 
of nets in the midst of the sea." The history of 
the place, from the days of Ezekiel until it became 
a miserable fishers' village, composed of a few poor 
hovels, is full of interest. It was a struggle against 
prophecy, for the Lord had said, " I am against 
thee, O Tyrus." The modern town has a popula- 
tion of some four or five thousand souls. The 
streets are narrow, dirty and miserable, and the 
houses dilapidated. The inhabitants are poor, and 
many of them subsist by fishing. 

While we have been looking at Tyre the sun 
sinks into the sea; 

"Not as in northern climes obscurely bright, 
But one unclouded blaze of living light." 

Sunsets at sea have often been described by 
poets and prose writers, but descriptions only 
feebly portray the glories of the god of day, as he 
sinks to rest in the waves of the sea. As the 
twilight fades away, and darkness comes down 
upon land and deep, the moon, full-orbed, mounts 
upward from the heights of Hermon and floods hill 
and plain with her silver light. She shines in full 
brightness upon the portion of Dan, and not far 
from us the site of the ancient City of Lachish, so 
terribly punished by the Ninevites, catches her 
beams. And there, dimly shining across the sea, 
are the lights of the village Ptolemais, where Paul 
landed and saluted the brethren, abiding with them 
one day, before going on his fatal journey to the 
City of Jerusalem.§ 

Together we sit on the deck and enjoy the beau- 

ties of the night. We can see plainly every inden- 
tation of the shore line, and the hills are brought 
out bold and clear in the bright moonlight. And 
now we have Mt. Carmel before us, boldly jutting 
out into the sea. Every outline of the mount of 
the prophets is clearly cut on the horizon. Our 
steamer headed for the shore where the lights 
revealed the site of Caifa, the seaport of Nazareth. 
In an incredibly short time the steamer was sur- 
rounded by a howling, yelling mob of Arab boat- 
men. With cat-like agility they climbed up the 
sides of the ship and solicited passengers to go 
ashore. It was a scene of wild, noisy confusion, 
witnessed not only here at Caifa, but at all these 
eastern ports where the ships cast anchor a half 
mile from the shore, and passengers are landed by 
means of the small boats propelled by Arab boat- 
men. Caifa is an interesting spot. Fifteen miles 
away, in a straight line, is Nazareth and the Sea of 
Galilee. Here the brook Kishon empties into the 
sea, as it has ever since the day its waters ran red 
with the blood of the prophets of Baal, slain by the 
zeal of the propffet of the true God after their 
signal failure at Carmel. The light on the hill, 
shining above the brightness of the moon, marks 
the site of the convent of the monks, the tradi- 
tional spot of the great test between Elijah and the 
Baalites. On the edge of the cliff stood the serv- 
ant of the prophet looking out upon the blazing 
heavens for the first sign of the cloud that was soon 
to appear, no larger than a man's hand at first, but 
to grow rapidly until all the heavens were over- 
cast with dark clouds and the rain came down in 
torrents, and the three years' drought was broken. 
Here the prophet Elisha dwelt when the Shunam- 
mite woman came to him in heart-broken haste, 
for the boy she loved so well lay dead in the little 
room at Shunem. All these and many more Bible 
associations came to mind as. we lay anchored in 
the silvery moonlight'at the foot of Mt. Carmel. 

Southward again our ship took her course and 
passed by Ca^sarea, whither came Peter from Jaffa, 
nothing doubting, and gave to the Gentiles the 
wonderful message from the Son of God. Here, 
too, Paul was brought a prisoner from Jerusalem. 
Here he was tried and appealed to Csesar, and then 
made Felix tremble and Agrippa hear the Word of 
Truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. And so 
we sailed on and nature demanded rest and repose. 
We went below to our comfortable rooms, and 
sleep, blessed sleep, shut out all the world. We 
were awakened by the rattling chains of the drop- 
ping anchor and the swashing of the waves against 
the sides of the ship, and we knew that we were at 
Jaffa. D . l. m. 

*i Kings 5:6. 
tGen. 49: 13; Acts 1 
{Acts 27: 3. 

— *HOME * AND * FAMILY ve— 


Last night, when all the village 

Was lying white and still, 
With starlight in the valley, 

With moonlight on the hill, 
I wakened from my dreaming, 

And hushed my heart to hear 
The old clock on the steeple 

Toll out the dying year. 

They say that when the angels 

The blessed New Year bring, 
The souls that wake to listen 

Can hear them softly sing 
The same melodious anthem 

Of peace and love on earth, 
That told to Judah's shepherds 

The dear Redeemer's birth. 

No sound came through the silence; 

But waiting there, I thought 
Of all the gifts and blessings 

The year to me had brought; 
And something sang within me, 

"O happy heart! to-day 
RemembertQll who sorrow, 

Andwipe their tears.away." 

So, in the solemn morning 

When first thy feet shall stand, 
Where dawn in light unshadowed 

The years of God's right hand; 
The words of benediction 

Thy welcome home shall be, 
"Thy deeds of love and mercy 

Have all been done to me! " 

—Little Corj>oi 



One of the hardest lessons to learn is that of 
self-denial, — to deprive ourselves of something that 
is congenial to human nature. It is adverse to our 
way of thinking, and too often, in our selfishness, is 
overlooked entirely. We read that "Christ pleased 
not himself." He denied himself so much for our 
good, and yet, how very reluctant we are to prac- 
tice it for one another and for the good of the 
cause. The Scripture plainly teaches us that if we 
want to be followers of God we must deny our- 
selves and take up the cross. Whatever the cross 
may be, we should try to take it up and follow 
cheerfully in the way. What is a cross to one may 
not be to another. We all have crosses to bear, 
and we should consider them light, in comparison 
to what has been done for us. The little things 
that intercept our pathway are nothing compared 
to what the Savior endured for us, and this thought 
hould stimulate us to greater self-denial for the 

Take the family, for an example. When all try 
to labor together in peace and harmony, each one 
making sacrifice for the other, then it is a happy 
and prosperous home, but if each one wants his own 
way, and no self-denial is exercised, there is friction, 
and the result is division. The peace and harmony 
of that home is destroyed because of sin, and the 
family idea, — the beautiful institution which God 
has formed, — is greatly marred. 

The church is a family and God is our FatJisr_ 
We profess to be his children, and if so, we will try 
to deny ourselves of anything that may mar the 
feelings of our brethren and sisters, that we may 
work in harmony together. Unless there is har- 
mony, good will not be the result. We should en- 
deavor to avoid giving offense. 

Once we are greatly in earnest we can overcome 
many obstacles and our pride and selfishness can 
be removed. The church is a grand institution and 
it cost so much to have it established. It is a good 
place, a safe shelter, because the Savior has prom- 
ised to be with us, and, surely, there should be a 
home feeling, — love and. union should prevail. 
Where is the child of God that has not realized 
that the church is a home? Among kindred spir- 
its, children of the same Father, practicing the 
same truths, how could there be disunion? How 
willingly and gladly we should practice self-denial 
in such a grand family! Then we can speak the 
same thing, and help, by precept and example, to 
show to the world that we are earnestly laboring 
for greater union in the body, and to promote holi- 
ness in ourselves and others. 

Time is passing, — swiftly passing by. Already 
the sands of another year are nearly run, and our 
time to work may soon close. There is much to be 
done. Truly, the fields are white for the harvest, 
but the laborers are so few. If we enjoy the soci- 
ety of the Christian people in the church, we 
should try to get others in, that they may enjoy the 
same blessings; that they may be happy now and 
hereafter. Then 

" Pass along the invitation. 
Whosoever will may come; 
Pass along the loving messaga 
Unto every thirsty one." 



The silver cord was loosed. The old year was 

dying. On a mountain ridge I saw a traveler pause 

I and look back over the path of life which he had | 

January 4, 18 

traveled. It led through a plain wh i c h was so vast 
that the end could not be seen, only the horizon 
line shut off the view. The path crossed some 
hills and a few high mountains. As if thinking 
aloud, the traveler said, " I have tried to climb uo 
to some high ideals. I am glad I came across the 

Mountain of Difficulty, though strongly tempted 
to turn aside. 

With a clearer vision he traced every step of the 
way, as it led from the hills, bathed in sunlight 
down into the dark valleys of loss and discourage- 
ment. He sadly said, " If I could have seen it as I 
do to-day, my feet would not be bleeding, nor my 
strength exhausted, by escaping from that quag- 
mire into which I aimlessly wandered. I almost 
lost hope there, and the high ideals seemed less 
desirable. But I will heed the voice which says, 
'Look not mournfully into the past; it comes not 
back again. Go forth to meet the shadowy future 
without fear and with a manly heart.' " 

Then he turned and looked before him, but the 
landscape seemed indistinct and blurred. One 
moment a beautiful fertile plain lay there in smil- 
ing beauty, flowers blooming everywhere, rivers 
flowing clear and cool. Then mists and clouds 
overshadowed all, even the mountain on which he 
stood; but soon the clouds vanished and he saw, in 
the distance before him, mountains whose peaks 
seemed to greet the skies, down whose sides cat- 
aracts hissed and plunged, and toppling crags 
seemed ready to fall and crush the unwary. "I 
see no foothold there," he said, "but surely I must 
make one. I have no time to waste amid the 
flowers and fruits on the plains; there is a desert 
just beyond, I know, in which thousands are lost, 
but I must hasten to the heights. I faintly hear, 
even now, the ocean surge of eternity beating upon 
the distant shore." 

A silvery mist, which had wreathed the highest 
mountain crest, was now blown aside like a veil, 
and there, sharply outlined against the cold, gray 
sky, was a rude figure of the sacred cross. The trav- 
eler saw it and hastened forward. But on the plains 
he found so many who journeyed on without even 
seeing the mountain of high ideals, and many who 
were hurrying into the desert. Some were old and 
others were but children. So he stopped and per- 
suaded them to walk the narrow path over the 
mountains. The shadows lengthened and the sun 
went down. The white ocean spray could be dim- 
ly seen, but he had found no time to climb the 
mountain. He never will find time. But in his 
heart there is perfect peace, and a crown, star- 
gemmed, awaits him. 
, Ohio. 

th the 



63P-Church News solicited (or this Department. If you ha 
meeting, send a report ol it, so that others may rejolco with you 
give name o! church, county and state. Be brief. Notes olTra 
as brief as possible. Land or other advertisements are not sol 
department. Our advertising columns afford ample room for tl 

A Visit Among the Isolated. 

In compliance with the earnest request of our 
Home Mission Board I went to Green County, Pa„ 
Nov. 22, to visit the isolated members in the Ryer- 
son Station congregation. This congregation has 
seen many dark days, and seemingly has not 
passed through all yet. It has been torn to pieces 
by the seceding element. They took the only 
house that was in said congregation, tore it down, 
moved it to another place and rebuilt it for their 
own use. Thus this congregation is without a 
house of worship. 

The sunshine of evangelic love is not throwing 
her rays around this dear congregation as we would 
like to see it, yet it is improving some. May the 
day hasten when these contending elements may be 
entirely removed, so that fraternal love may again 

While among them I held meetings wherever we 
could get a house. During my twelve days stay 
held seven meetings. The Lord blessed our labors 

1 scopi 

prayer meetings, 

immediate result of three dear souls beinrr 
buried with him in holy baptism. 

I did all my traveling, while anion" them on 
foot from member to member, until I "had visited 
thirty-three out of the forty-two that yet remain. 

The members are poor and scattered over ; 
of country comprising about forty or fifty .... 
That is a drawback and disadvantage to that con- 
gregation. Bro. Adam Wise is their elder. He i> 
eighty-seven yearsold, hence he is unable to look aft- 
er the church, or do any actual labor among them 
Iney also have one deacon, seventy-three years old 
While they are left without a minister, they have 
not lost their zeal. They hold 
and, in that way, try to build eac 
Master's cause. At Norvough I had thehappy priv- 
ilege of meeting our dear brother, Andrew Cham- 
bers, who was called from Virginia to his former 
home to attend the funeral of his mother-sister 
Wise. I was glad to meet him. He is one of our 
earnest and consecrated workers. He was, at one 
time, a minister in this congregation, and was 
greatly loved by this community. He did not 
leave this congregation on account of losing his in- 
fluence, but to give his children an advantage that 
they could not get otherwise. I think if a good, 
earnest minister would move among these dear 
people he might build up a good congregation 
here, although he would have to do a great deal of 
hard work, for the hills are hard to climb, and 
other obstacles are in the way. They desire me to 
come back to visit them in the spring, and hold 
some meetings for them. May the Lord bless 
them and those dear lambs, as well as older ones, 
too, to hold out faithful, is my prayer. 

H. A. Stahl. 
Glade, Pa. 

Notes by the Way. 


at 11 A. M., 
Oct. 20. 

th the Brethren of the Hurricane 
gregation, Bond Co., 111., Sunday, Oct. 6, 
ntinued until Sunday evening, 
went to the Macoupin Creek- 
church, Macoupin Co., III., where Bro. Chas. M. 
Yearout was preaching, and remained until after 
their love feast, which took place on Friday even- 
ing, Oct. 25. Saturday evening, Oct. 26, I com- 
menced meetings at the West Otter Creek church 
and continued till Sunday evening, Nov. 17, when 
we left them with a full house. We felt that we 
ought to have continued another week. 

On Friday evening, Nov. 15, we had a love feast 
which was a feast to my soul. We communed with 
some with whom we will never commune in this 
world any more. Since the meeting sister Beckner 
has gone to her long home. When I left Bro. 
Beckner's, Nov. 18, to return home, little did I 
think that so soon would I hear of her death. 

thing I noted with pleasure while at the 
feast,— that the brethren and sisters conform to the 
order so well, especially the officers of the church. 
This is as it should be. How can we expect th 
laymembers to conform when the ministers am 
deacons do not? My dear brethren ministers, le 
us try to set examples that others may follow! 
feel to praise the churches in Macoupin County fo 
their zeal in the cause of Christ. 

Daniel Wvsong. 
Nappanee, Ind. 

A Winter Love Feast. 

The little band of believers at Mountain Dale, 
eight miles north of Frederick City, Md., decided 
to conclude their series of meetings with a Com- 
munion service on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 P. M. 
The new church was filled with a quiet and inter- 
ested audience. Many had never witnessed these 
services. Nine brethren and nine sisters surround- 
ed the Lord's Table. 

Eld. E. W. Stoner, E. A. Bruner and P. D. 
Fahrney officiated. Greater attention and better 
order I never before saw. The meeting of two 
weeks was closed on Sunday night, the 15th inst., 
with a full house. 

Eld. Lint left on Wednesday night and Eld. 

E. W. Stoner continued the meeting over Sunday. 
The good work begun at this place will, I believe, 
result in enlightening and saving many precious 
souls. Bro. P. D. Fahrney was mainly instrumental 
in starting the work here. May God bless him, 
and may souls be saved and God be glorified! 

E. W. Stoner. 

From Olen 1 ..stun. W. Va. 

Nov. 9 I started to Glen Easton, W. Va., to at- 
tend the funeral of our dear mother. Her loved 
form was laid to rest in the old family burying 
ground Dec. 10. I spent some time visiting the 
members in this, the Ryerson Station congregation. 
The members are scattered over a large territory, 
and but few have the privilege of meeting together 
at the same place. I gave them a few meetings. 

While I was here Bro. H. A. Stahl came among 
them. He did some preaching, which was very 
acceptable. He is a good worker and has an un- 
derstanding of the needs of this place. 

Dec. 2 Bro. Stahl left them for other fields of 
labor. There are about ten members living near 
this place and several of them never had the priv- 
ilege of attending a Communion, so we concluded 
to hold a Communion at this place. On Monday 
evening, Dec. 9, I met with the "ten," at the house 
of Bro. Francis Wise and had a very happy and 
pleasant feast. The members seemed greatly built 
up and strengthened. Andrew Chambers. 

Midland, Va., Dec. 16. 

From Everett, Pa. 

nmg ot Nov. 24. 

W. Brumbaugh 

Bro. Vaniman 

our new church. 

tables. We 

Nov. 28. Eld. 

with us. 

'. concluded to 

The lot fell 

Eld. Daniel Vaniman, of McPherson, Kans., 
began a series of meetings with us in the Everett 
church, Nov. 22, and continued ten days. As an 
immediate result two were baptized and one 
asked to be reclaimed. His preaching was well 
received by the people of Everett. His plan of 
preaching was simple, common-sense reasoning. 
Our large house was nightly filled to hear him. 
We were sorry to have him leave us so soon, as 
lite people were becoming very much interested. 
We held our love feast on the ev 
Brethren Vaniman, Spanogle, G 
and other ministers were present, 

This was our first love feast in 
Ninety-six members surrounded th 
held a special Thanksgiving service 
George Brumbaugh, of Grafton, 

Our official force being sma 
hold an election for two dea< 
on brethren James Hershberger and Alonzo Sim- 
mons, who were duly installed into office. The 
writer was also advanced to the second degree of 
the ministry. 

Bro. C. C. Ellis, of Huntington, came to us twice, 
and gave us some good preaching. He promises 
to be with us frequently. A. T. Simmons. 

Dec. 14. 

From the Northeastern Kansas Mission. 

I am writing at the home of Bro. A. W. Reese, I 
in Leavenworth, Kans., an old, well-known con- 
tributor to our periodicals. I closed a six days' 
work in the Atchison mission yesterday, with 
much encouragement. I came to the State prison, 
and with brother and sister G. H. Lutz and Miss 
Reese attended chapel services. I there addressed 
an audience of about one thousand, Bro. Lutz fol- 
lowing with a very appropriate address to the 
prisoners. After services and dinner we were 
escorted out to the beautiful lake, where we bap- 
tized two more convict brethren, in the presence 
of the chief warden, the turnkey, the chief chap- 
lain, deputy warden and other officers, and citizen 
spectators to the number of about thirty or forty 
persons. Just before leaving the enclosures of 
the prison, we were again rejoiced to learn of two 
more who will be ready to be baptized when we 
come again. Any who may be prejudiced as to the 
propriety of our prison mission should once go and 


January 4, 18 



witness the tears and attention durinj 
services. Sister Lutz says there was not the sound 
of a moving foot nor the hack of a cough heard 
during our speech. Hardly a face moved among 
the one thousand auditors. As to the courtesy of 
all the officers and the encouragement to come 
again we have no way to say how much we ap- 
preciate it. It must be seen to be felt. The 
Gospel Messenger is the avenue by which the 
Gospel light penetrated these massive walls and 
now its radiant influence shines out as if from 
every crevice. Wives and children, out in the 
open wilds of sin, are requested to subscribe and 
learn how to read and love the Bible. Who could 
send Bro. J. H. Downing, Lansing, Kans., Box 2, 
Bro. Miller's "Doctrine of the Brethren Defend- 
ed " ? C. C. Root. 
Ozawkie. Kans.. Dec. 23. 

Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 

"As Cold water to a thirsty soul, so Is good news Irom n far country." 

Onberg, Pa.— Nov. 24 Bro. J. H. Beer, of Rock- 
ton, Clearfield Co., commenced a series of meet- 
ings at the Crooked Creek church. He also 
preached two funerals and one Thanksgiving ser- 
mon. One sister was baptized. The members 
were much built up. — 5. A. Secrist, Dec. 16. 

Nevada, Mo— Bro. W. H. Miller, of Jerico, Mo., 
was with us at our regular meeting on the third 
Sunday of this month, at which time one more 
was received into the church by baptism. This 
makes four received by baptism and two reclaimed 
during the present season. — D. D. Wine, Dec. 18. 

Nora, 111.— Nov. 26, Bro. Witmore commenced 
preaching at Pleasant Hill, twenty miles north of 
Waddam's Grove. Four were added to the church 
by baptism,— the head of the family and three of 
the children. In all, the brother preached twenty 
good and logical sermons, closing on the evening 
of Dec. 15 with a full house. — Wm. K. Moore, Dec. 

Lower Conewago Church, Pa.— We are now en- 
joying a series of meetings, held by Bro. Henry 
Beelman, of Dillsburg, Pa. He commenced Dec. 
7, at Strinestown and continued there one week. 
From there he went to the Aughenbaugh's church, 
where he is now holding forth the Word of Life 
with earnestness and fervency to an attentive au- 
dience.— J. B. KmMe, Dec. 19. 

On the Way.— I held a series of 
Baugo church, commencing Dec. 8 
were growing in interest until thi 
nights compelled us to close. Dec. 21 I met with 
the Brethren of the Turkey Creek church in their 
council-meeting. This was a pleasant meeting. 
They held a choice for four deacons. The lot fell 
on John Geyer, Henry Wysong, Lafayette Snider, 
and John Brown. Bro. J. C. Murray (their elder) is 
improving in health. This church seems to be in a 
good working order.— y. H. Miller. 

Saginaw Church, Mich.— Oct. 26 we held our 
Communion. We had a good meeting. Bro. 
George Stone, of Carson City, was to continue the 
meetings, but on account of sickness near by, they 
were not continued. Bro. Stone came to us again 
Nov. 23 and continued until Dec. 9 with good in- 
terest. At our Thanksgiving services we held a 
collection for the Asia Minor mission, amounting 
to $4.58. The Sabbath question having been agi- 
tated in the neighborhood, Bro. Stone gave us two 
sermons on that subject to a well-filled house.— Le- 
vi Baker, Olney, Mich., Dec. 15. 

Ollie, Iowa.— Bro. Henry Frantz, of Forgy, Ohio, 
came to us Dec. 4, to commence a series of meet- 
ings. He remained until the evening of the 16th. 
The meetings were well attended, with good inter- 
est. The church has been strengthened and much 
encouraged to go on in the good work. On Satur- 
day, Dec. 14, was held our quarterly council. We 
reorganized our Sunday school with Bro. F. H. 
Heilman as Superintendent, and sister Addie Bales 
Assistant. We also decided to commence our Bi- 
ble reading, to continue every Thursday evening 
during the winter.— Mary Heilman. 

leetings in the 
Our meetings 
rain and dark 

Flora, Ind.— We are now in the midst of a Bible 
term which is being taught by brethren Rairigh and 
Gibson. The attendance is not large, owing to 
the bad weather. Great interest is manifested 
by those who are attending. — D. F. Landis. 

Verdigris Church, Kans.— At our last council 
everything was settled satisfactorily. We had 
three dear old brethren to assist us. Bro. A. M. 
Dickey, from McPherson, Kans., stayed over Sun- 
day and gave three good lessons. — Henry Showaller, 
Madison, Kans. 

Nicklow, W. Va. — Our series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Eld. Z. Annon, closed Dec. 9. Although 
there was no large ingathering, it was a feast to 
the soul. It was one among the most earnest ef- 
forts and warnings to sinners, to flee to the arms of 
Jesus, we ever had. Two precious souls came out, 
—a brother and sister who will be baptized in the 
future. One made application to be reclaimed 
who was referred to the congregation in which she 
lives— 5. M. Annon, Dec. 14. 

Chapman Creek, Kans.— Bro. J. E. Young, of 
Beatrice, Nebr., came to us Nov. 29, and continued 
until Dec. 19, preaching twenty-three able dis- 
courses. Two confessed Christ and others were 
almost persuaded to be Christians. The meetings 
were well attended, and the interest and attendance 
seemed to increase as the meetings progressed. 
We think the church has also been revived. Bro. 
Young held afternoon meetings on four afternoons 
during the week, in the community, which were 
well attended.— J. S. Baumliaugh, Moonlight, Kans., 
Dec. 22. 

Shoal Creek, Mo.— Bro. W. M. Harvey, of Jas- 
per City, Mo., came to us Dec. I, and began meet- 
ings the same evening, remaining till the Sth. 
Most of the time we had good congregations and 
good attention. On Saturday, Dec. 7, was our 
council. Five members were received by letter, — 
one a minister. He is a good help to us. Our 
aged Bro. Shoe is very feeble. He was anointed 
by brethren Harvey and Robinson. Bro. Shoe is 
upwards of ninety years old and expresses a will- 
ingness to be absent from the body and present 
with the Lord. — Lee Harader, Pioneer, Mo., Dec. 10. 

Mansfield, Ohio.— Bro. A. I. Heestand, of Smith- 
ville, began a series of meetings in the Richland 
church on the evening of Nov. 23, and continued 
until Dec. 13. Three were baptized. Saturday, 
Nov. 30, we held our council. All business was 
disposed of satisfactorily. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Eld. 
George Worst, of Ashland, assisted by Bro. Hees- 
tand, was called to anoint our elder, Bro. James 
McMullen, who has been dangerously sick for 
some time. At this writing he is no better. On 
Sunday and Sunday evening Bro. Dessenberg, of 
Ashland, preached two very acceptable sermons 
for us.— Anna Brindle. 

Highland, Ohio.— The members of the Lexington 
church met for public worship on Thanksgiving 
Day, Nov. 28. Bro. J. E. Ockerman preached a 
very appropriate sermon for the occasion, after 
which a collection was taken up, to be used as the 
church directs, to the amount of S5. 10. The church 
assembled in quarterly council Dec. 21. Bro. Isaac 
Frantz will be with us to begin a series of meetings 
the fore part of January. We anticipate a good 
meeting. Our Sunday school still continues with 
unabated interest, with the writer as Superinten- 
dent and Bro. L. W. West, Assistant Superinten- 
dent.— y. G. McClnre, Dec. 21. 

Salem Church, Kans.— Since my last report we 
have had some good meetings. Bro. Jacob Trostle 
paid us a visit Nov. 3, and preached for us some ac- 
ceptable sermons. Bro. J. P. Harshbarger preached 
on Thanksgiving Day and evening. Our church 
gave liberally at this meeting for different good 
works. Bro. W. R. Miller, of Chicago, preached 
four soul-cheering sermons for us. These visits 
were short but highly appreciated by us. Dec 14 
we met in council. Bro. E. Eby was retained as 
our elder. If the Lord is willing we expect to 
commence a series of meetings Jan. 1. Bro. J. S. 
Mohler is expected to do the preaching.— L. E. 
Fallmey, Sterling, Kans., Dec. ly. 

Grenola, Kans.— Eld. Sidney Hodgden arrived at 
this place Dec. 7, and began a series of meetings. 
The saints were edified by eleven good sermons. 
Eld. Hodgden and wife took their departure Dec. 
16 to other fields of labor— Katie Sell, Dec. 18. 

Dunlap, Kans.— The Cottonwood church met in- 
council Dec. 14. We received one letter; also- 
granted one letter. Bro. Jas. A. Stouder was with 
us, and gave us some good counsel. A soliciting 
committee of five brethren was appointed to do> 
what soliciting and raising of funds they could; 
towards building a meetinghouse. May the good 
Lord bless and help us in our undertaking! — yohn. 
G. Sargent, Dec. 20. 

Clover Creek, Pa.— Bro. D. D. Wine, of Ohio,, 
began a series of meetings Nov. 16, in the Clover 
Creek meeting house, preaching twenty soul-cheer- 
ing sermons. One dear soul came out on the 
Lord's side and was received by baptism. Dec. 3 
he began preaching in the Martinsburg meeting- 
house, same congregation, preaching fifteen ser- 
mons. One dear sister was reclaimed and the 
church was greatly built up.— 7. G. Mock. 

Bolinger, La.— Once more we have been favored 
with a series of meetings. Nov. 29 Bro. D. L. 
Forney came to our place, and held meetings until 
Dec. 9. These meetings were very thankfully re- 
ceived by the few members, as well as quite a num- 
ber of others who were regular in attendance. 
Bro. Forney found several more members here 
than last spring. We have a Sunday school now. 
We thought some of trying to organize a church, 
but it was finally decided to wait until later. We 
have no minister here yet. Any minister passing 
this way any time is requested to stop over and. 
preach for us.— M. S. Bolinger, Dec. 18. 

Carlisle, Ark.— We are just at the close of a 
series of meetings in the town of Carlisle. Bro. D. 
L. Forney, of Palestine, has been doing the preach- 
ing. We believe the members have been built up 
and made stronger in the faith. At our former 
meetings, which were held in the country the last 
of October, five were baptized, and all are seeming- 
ly enjoying themselves in the service of God. Bro. 
and sister Gish are also with us. We expect to 
have meeting to-morrow (Christmas.) We have 
many calls for preaching which cannot be filled. 
Who will come and locate among the scattered 
members and build up the cause of the Master? — 
Chas. E. Dclp, Dec. 24. 

Granger, Ind.— Eleven members partook of a 
love feast near this place on Christmas evening. 
It came about in this way. A young woman was 
far away from home, and very sick both in body 
and soul. Word was sent by telegram for father, 
mother and an elder. The parents came at a late 
hour in the evening, and with them came Bro. 
Alex. Miller, of Nappanee, Ind. At early dawn, 
the next morning, the sick girl was carried into the 
water and baptized. She was very much concerned 
about herself now. Death seemed very near. In 
the evening of the same day she was' anointed and 
partook of the Lord's Supper and Communion. 
At this date she is gaining health and strength. — 
Cannon Smith, South Bend, Lnd., Dec. 28. 

Danville Church, Ohio.— Our quarterly council 
was well attended and all business passed off pleas- 
antly. Two more have been added to the church 
since our protracted meeting closed, — an aged fa- 
ther and mother in Israel, one being seventy-seven 
and the other seventy-three years of age. They 
sent for father to converse with them on the sub- 
ject of religion and, being convinced of the truth 
of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, they agreed to 
unite with the church at some time in the future. 
The water at this time being very cold and icy, they 
deemed it prudent to wait a while, but, on medi- 
tating, they called for father again the following 
day and they decided to have the rite of baptism 
administered. They formerly were members of 
the Methodist church, having belonged to that 
body for over fifty years. The pastor of that 
church called on them the day following their 
immersion, and criticised them severely.— Flora 
Workman, Rolla, Ohio, Dec. 24. 


Glendale, Arizona.— Saturday, Dec. 21 was I 
Brethren's quarterly council-meeting here Five 
were received by letter. This congregation now 
numbers thirty or more, with three ministers and 
two deacons. We expect to hold a love feast 
about the latter part of February .—John E. Mohler. 

Milledgeville, Ill.-Our series of meetings, at 
the Milledgeville church, closed Sunday night, the 
15th. The interest and attendance were good all 
through the meeting, and still increasing at the 
■close, but my health not being good and the roads 
getting muddy, the church thought best to close 
for the present. The church seemed much re- 
vived and we think some impressions, at least, have 
been made on the outsiders, 
water but God must give th> 

Ne may plant and 
ncrease.— Tobias S. 

ng every 
1 of two, 

Salem Church, Ohio.— Bro. Crosswhite closed a 
very interesting series of sermons at our central 
house last night. He had been preacl 
night for three weeks, with the excepti 
which appointments were filled by the h 
ters. We also had a number of day meetings. 
Twelve were added to the church by baptism and 
one reclaimed. Bro. Crosswhite goes from here 
home, to attend some meetings that are being held 
in his home church. May the good Lord go with 
him and bless his labors everywhere!— Jesse K. 
Brumbaugh, Union, Ohio, Dec. 23, 

Harlan, Iowa.— Bro. S. J. Miller, of McPherson, 
Kans., has been stopping with our little band of 
members since October. At one of our council- 
meetings he had the privilege of baptizing a dear 
sister. He has delivered a number of excellent 
sermons. He and the writer held a two weeks' se- 
ries of meetings. To-day our brother takes his 
leave. We shall feel our loss very much. We have 
decided to have an evergreen Sunday school, and 
contemplate organizing a prayer and social meet- 
. ing or Bible reading in the near future. We now 
have regular preaching every two weeks. We have 
a large field here and only one resident minister. 
Any minister thinking of changing his location 
could do well to come to this field. Any desired 
information will be furnished by addressing the 
writer. — Nathan C. Hiatt, Dec, 23. 

Conway Springs, Kans. — Nov. 29 wife and I 
went to Olcott, Reno Co., Kans., to visit our old- 
est son. We had a meeting Dec. I and next day 
went to our second son's, where I held one meet- 
ing in a schoolhouse near by. Dec. 7 I met the 
Kingman County church in quarterly council. We 
had a pleasant meeting. Arrangements were com- 
pleted for your correspondent to take the over- 
sight as elder. The same night I preached at 
Kline's schoolhouse, near New Murdock, same 
County. We had a meeting at the same place 
Sunday forenoon and at night; also Monday night. 
Tuesday we were taken to Cleveland, same church, 
where I commenced services in the evening, and 
continued each evening till over Sunday. We 
closed Sunday evening with a crowded house. I 
am pleased with the Gospel Messenger in its en- 
larged form. It ought to be in every family. — John 
Wise, Dec. 20. 

Ludlow Church, Ohio. — The members of the 
Ludlow district held a special council Dec. 14, in 
which Bro. Joseph Landis was elected to the min- 
istry. Many years ago Bro. Landis' father, with 
a little band of followers, severed his connection 
from the Brotherhood. Later Bro. Joseph became 
a minister and leader of the little band, which 
place he filled until a few years ago, when he and 
wife were received by baptism into the Brethren 
church. Among quite a number of ministers 
from other districts was Bro. John Smith, of Wood- 
land, Mich., who, on Saturday evening and Sunday 
following, came to the Painter Creek house and de- 
livered two of his practical sermons. Three have 
united with the church in this district since our 
last report, and on Thanksgiving there was one 
sister baptized from the Salem church. Bro. Wm. 
Bowser will begin a series of meetings at the Paint- 
er Creek house Dec. 2i.—LeviMinnich, Dec. 19. 


Ligonier, Pa.— I commenced a series of meetings 
at Bolivar, Oct. 24, and continued over two Sun- 
days. The interest was good and the house crowd- 
ed with attentive listeners— Theo. Hcipel. 

Greene Church, Iowa. -Bro. William Eisenbise 
commenced meetings here Dec. 9, and closed last 
night. The members were much built up. Four 
young men came out on the Lord's side and were 
baptized yesterday.— Louie Aurand, Dec. 2j. 

Mt. Jackson, Va.-Our dear brother, S. F. Sang- 
er, of Bridgewater, came to our place, Cedar Grove, 
and began a series of meetings. He labored earn- 
estly for us for two weeks. His work was much ap- 
preciated. Three were received by baptism, and 
one reclaimed that had wandered from the fold.— 
B. W. Neff. 

A Happy Correction.— Five instead of four were 
baptized at our meeting in Wolf Creek. A precious 
young daughter of one of the Brethren came at the 
last meeting, which was rather a private meeting, 
held in the evening, to baptize a young teacher. 
Not being present, I did not make the correct re- 
port. May many more follow her example!— Jno. 
Cahnn Bright. 

South Waterloo Church, Iowa.— Our Bible Term 
closed on Dec. 7. It was conducted by Bro. S. Z. 
Sharp, of McPherson, Kans. It was well attended 
and a good interest was shown. Bro. Sharp also 
preached a soul-inspiring Thanksgiving sermon, 
after which a collection was taken for charitable 
and missionary purposes, amounting to S40.00. — J. 
H. Fike, Calvin, Iowa. 

Aughwick, Pa.— Bro. Walter S. Long, one of 
our home ministers, commenced a series of meet- 
ings on Sunday evening, Nov. 24, and continued 
until Dec. [5. He preached in all, twenty-two ser- 
mons. Bro. Long's plain and sound preaching 
awakened a deep interest in this community. 
There were thirteen baptized on Sunday, the day 
the meeting closed.— R. M. Wakefield. 

Upper Cumberland Church, Pa.— Dec. 2 Eld. 
Samuel Utz, of Maryland, came to Huntsdale, and 
labored faithfully until the 12th. Two were bap- 
tized. We only have to regret that his stay was so 
short. Dec. 28 our home ministers expect to com- 
mence a series of meetings at Green Spring, and on 
Jan. II Bro. H. C. Early, of Virginia, is expected to 
commence a series of meetings in Jacksonville. — 
J. E. Hollinger, Dec. 21. 

Danville, Ohio. — Bro. Leckrone, of Perry county, 
Ohio, began meetings Nov. 28, in the Valley meet- 
ing-house, and continued until Dec. 6. Although 
the roads and weather were unfavorable, the inter- 
est- and attendance were good, and so continued un- 
til the close. This meetinghouse was built a few 
years ago by sister Nancy Workman, who is now in 
very feeble health, but her affliction does not les- 
sen her anxiety for the good of the Master's cause. 
— C. J. Workman. 

Eel River Church, Ind. — Bro. Dorsey Hodgden 
came to us Nov. 30, and preached for us until Dec. 
15, when he received word to come home, on ac- 
count of sickness in the family. Bro. L. T. Hol- 
singer, of the North Manchester church, then took 
up the work and continued the meetings night and 
day until Dec. 17. Twenty-three were received by 
baptism, and one reclaimed. Never, since the or- 
ganization of the old Eel River church, has there 
been such a large ingathering, in so short a period, 
for which we feel to give God the praise. — C. C. 

Dayton, Va. — The members of the Cook's Creek 
congregation are in fair working order, with a 
membership of live workers. Our home mission 
field has been pretty well worked recently, by Bro. 
Samuel Driver, and others, resulting in twenty- 
three additions. The Sunday schools at Bridge- 
water and Garber's church, were well attended dur- 
ing the summer, and the Bible class at Bridge- 
water is continued during the winter. The contri- 
butions from the Bridgewater Sunday school for 
missionary purposes footed up 831.52, and that of 
Garber's church Sunday school, S8.0O.— .7. M. Ka- 
gey, Dec. 16. 

Swales, Pa.-Bro. H. C. Early has just closed 
an interesting series of meetings in the Lost Creek 
congregation, after delivering eighteen telling ser- 
mons to large, increasing and attentive congrega- 
tions. As an immediate result, eight precious 
souls came out on the Lord's side, while the saints 
were much revived.— John Hart, Sec. 

Grand Junction, Colo.— We are located near 
Grand Junction, and expect to make this our future 
field of labor. Any one knowing of any of our 
members, or their children, living anywhere in 
Grand Valley, Colo., would favor me by sending me 
their names, so that I might call on them. I am 
now distributing tracts and also trying to sell a few 
of Bro. Miller's books. I have arranged to hold 
meetings at a schoolhouse in the country every two 
weeks.— D. M. Click, Dec. 21. 

Yellow River Church, Ind.— Bro. W. B. Neff, of 
Milford, came to us Nov. 23 and commenced a 
series of meetings that evening, preaching in all 
twenty-seven soul-cheering sermons, including one 
funeral. Five dear souls came out on the Lord's 
side, while still more are impressed with the 
thought that they are not doing their duty. The 
meetings were well attended and with a good in- 
terest. The Brethren held their quarterly council 
Dec. 13. The business that came before the church 
was adjusted in a brotherly manner.— Alice Voder, 
Bourbon, Ind., Dec. iy. 

Rockingham, Mo.— Bro. F. W. Dove, of.Cabool, 
Mo., recently held a week's meetings at Millville. 
From there he came to the Rockingham church 

vhere he preached 

ime, as he preachi 

nons each week. 

nents Bro. Dove 1 

ntcrest at this place, with one 

;ism. The meetings arc beinj 

:ver, by the home ministry, and 

nc week. Bro. Dove loses no 
from twelve to fourteen ser- 
Owing to previous arrange- 
is compelled to leave a good 
applicant for bap- 
continued, how- 
hope for good 

results. Nine have been baptized since Nov. 10- 
J, II. Shirkey, Dec. i 7 . 

Crescent City, Okla. — Bro. Joseph Glick, of 
Hoyle Creek, commenced a series of meetings Dec. 
I, in the bounds of the Mt. Hope church, near the 
place where wife, self and three other members are 
living. We are six miles west of the meeting- 
house. Two were baptized. There are two ap- 
plicants and two want to return to the fold. There 
is an excellent prospect for many sheaves to be 
gathered into the fold of Christ. At this point 
our home ministers,— brethren G. W. Landis and 
J. O. Brubaker,— have been preaching for two 
years. We have been having a Sunday school. — A. 
y, Peebles Dec. 18. 

Union Church, Ind. — Our series of meetings be- 
gan Saturday evening, Dec. 7. Bro. J. V. Felt- 
house, of Elkhart, was with us only fourteen days, 
and gave us twenty-two practical and soul-cheering 
sermons, which resulted in eighteen accessions to 
the church, — sixteen by baptism and two reclaimed. 
The majority of this number are our Sunday school 
scholars, which proves to us that the Sunday school 
work is like bread cast upon the waters. Christ- 
mas day our ministering brethren, — Henricks and 
Appelman, — were called to anoint a dear sister 
who has been afflicted for more than a year. A 
large congregation met at the church on Christmas 
night for public worship. — Laura Appelman, Ply- 
mouth, Ind., Dec. 26. 

Pine Creek Church, 111.— The church met in 
quarterly council Dec. 18. The members seemed 
to be in remarkably good spirits and showed a com- 
mendable zeal for the cause. One made a great 
sacrifice to retain her membership. If more would 
do the same, there would be fewer dismissed from 
membership. Two have been baptized since our r _ 
last report and two reclaimed. Provisions were 
made for sending the Messenger to the poor and 
others. On Sunday evening, Dec. 22, a few mem- 
bers met at the home of Bro. Geo. Hedrick, who 
was baptized some weeks ago. He is a great suffer- 
er from dropsy. He realizes that his time is short 
for this world and says he is ready to go now, 
though he would like to live longer if he could do 
more good. — John Hechman. 


January 4, ] 8 


"GARNER-ZUCK.-At the residence of 
Bro. W. 1). Tisdale, Cedar Rapids. Iowa ' 
Dec 10 lSi)S, by the undersigned, Mr. lred 
A Garner and sister Anna Zuck, both of 
Cedar County, Iowa. M. M. SHERHICK. 

HULL-BADGER.-At my residence in 
Colfax Township, Dallas Co., Iowa, Dec. 18, 
,895, by the undersigned, Mr. Joseph H. Hull 
and sister Susan E. Bad B er, both of Dallas 

C. S. McNutt. 

ULR1CH.— In the bounds of the Bu 
Creek church, Henry Co., Ind., Dec. 14, 181 
sister Catharine Ulrich, wife of friend David 

KEPNER.— At h 
Cal., Dec. 1, 1895, of pm 

Kepner, aged 74 years, 7 months ana 10 
days. Deceased came with her husband. Bro. 
B. H. Kepner, to Northern Illinois at an 
early day and settled in the Waddams Grove 
church. During the greater part of her life 
she was an earnest, faithful member of the 
Brethren church, always willing and ready 
to help in every good work 
end her trust in the Lord 1 
all things 

Even to the 

to do his wi: 
earnest desin 
to those who c 

Her life 


■ith he 

WISE.— In the bounds of the Ryi 
alion congregation, Pa., Nov. 8, 1895, Sarah 
'ise wife of Eld. Adam Wise, aged 74 years, 
months and 2 days. She was a steadfast 
ember of the Brethren church fo: 

fifty ye 
the writ 


ncrul scrvici 
I Cor. 15:26. 

nducted by 

Mary (McDo 

Ulrich, aged 50 years, 9 1 

nths and II days 

Ind. Funeral 
by Abraham 


Deceased 1 

one daughter. She was born 

County, Mil. Fourteen years 

grated to Wayne County, 

services from Rev. 14: 12, 13 

Bowman, assisted by the writer. She was 

buried in the Ulrich graveyard near Hagers- 

town, Wayne Co., Ind. I. B. WlKE. 

GLICK — In the Bethel church, Mo., Nov. 
26, 1895, Bro. Samuel Click, aged 60 years 
10 months and 24 days. Bro. Glick was borr 
in Shenandoah Co., Va. He came to Holl 
County, Mo., in 1857. He was married tc 
Mertina E. 1'ierson Dec. 25, 1861. To them ]oe and A „ 
were born six children. His wife and four 
children are still bring. Three of his chil 
dreu are in the church. He was anointed a 
few weeks before his death. Funeral services 
by Bro. Peter Whitmer. 

SHEETS.— In the Bethel church, Mo., Dec. 
II, 1S9S, Bro. Josiah W. Sheets, aged 52 years, 
6 mouths and 1 day. Bro. Sheets 
in Augusta County, Va. He leaves a wife and 
eight children to mourn his departure. Four 
of his children are in the church. Bro. Sheets 
and Bro. Click were buried just two weeks 
apart. Both were deacons in the church and 
will be sadly missed. SARAH Haines. 

HORN.— At her home, near Kirby, Ohio, 
Dec. IS, 1895, Elizabeth Horn, wife of Adam 
Horn, aged 56 years, 8 months and 11 days. 
She leaves a husband and four children. 
Funeral services by J. F. Slough (of the 
Church of God), from Job 14: 14. 

Viola Rau. 

H. A. Sta 


3. 1 So;, after an 


r Rockwc 
Iness of only five days, 
Bro. William J. Schrock, 
ninths and 8 days. He 

rom typhoid fe 
igcd 23 years, 

eaves a young, sorrow-stricken wne la 
n the church) and three young children 
leral services conducted by the writer, 
Union churchhouse, where his remains 
buried. Funeral subject, "The Chri 
Only Hope," fr 


N. B. Chrii 
-At Union Mills, Io 

days. Sen 

of friend 
aged 7 years, 
ces at the house 
S. P. Miller. 

Id) Pharmer, aged 
14 days. She was Dorn in 
Preble County, Ohio, June 8, 1806. At about 
the age of twenty-tw© years she was united 
in -marriage to Benjamin Burns. They lived 
near Hamilton, Ohio, for a number of years. 
From there they moved to Union County, 
Ind., and settled near her late home, where 
they lived until the death of her husband, 
which occurred long ago. To them were born 
two children. Her second husband, James 
Pharmer, has been dead a number of years. 
She was a faithful. member of the church un- 
til death. Funeral' services conducted in the 
Baptist church near her home by Eld. Carey 
Toney. Text, Job 14: 14- The remains were 
laid to rest in the cemetery near by. 

Clara A. Payton. 

CRAMER.— In the bounds of the Chippewa 
Valley church, Nov. 23, 1895, friend Jonathan 
Cramer, aged 6c years, 10 months and 12 
days. A wife and six children are left. Fu- 
neral services were conducted by Eld. H. C. 
Baker. E - E - J° YCE - 

ALBRIGHT— In the Clover Creek church, 
!ar Roaring Springs, Pa., Nov. 18, 1895, of 
dropsy, sister Catharine Albright, aged 79 
nd 22 days. In the 
d that she did not lie down more than 
eight hours. She was the wife of one of ou 
oldest deacons,— Sarnnel B. Albright,-in tb 
above-named church. Funeral services wen 
conducted by Eld. Brice Sell and Michael 

by the writer. 

ROOF.— In the Beaver Creek church, Rock- 
ingham Co., Va., Nov. 26, 1895. of pneumonia, 
Bro. Joseph Roof, aged 60 years, II months 
and 25 days. Bro. Roof was much esteemed 
by all. He was sick only one week. Funeral 
services by brethren J. W. Click and Jacob 
Thomas. M. B- Miller 

BEER.— In the Maquoketa church, Io 
Dec. I, 1895, of old age, at the residence 
her granddaughter, Mrs. Flubbard, in M 
mouth, Jackson Co., Iowa, Anna Beer, a) 

years. J- Shultz 

and Ida Miller. 

FINKEY.-In the South Bend church, Dec. 
,4 ,895. of diphtheria, Mary Elizabeth Finkey, 
little daughter of friend George and sister 
Lona Finkey. 

FINKEY.— In the same family, Dec. 19, 
189?. of diphtheria, Pearly Ethel Finkey. 


BURGARD.-In the Camp Creek church, 
McDonough Co., 111., July 24, 1895, katy 
Burgard, daughter of Bro. Daniel Burgard 
n her 19th year. Funeral services by Conrad 

BURGARD— In the same church, Nov. 12, 
1895. sister Dessa Burgard, sister of the fore- 
going, aged 26 years. Illness, in both cases, 
Funeral services by 
S. S. Hummer. 

nonary consumptic 
ad Fit 

GIBBS— At her home, near Goshen, Ohio, 
Sept. 10, 1895, sister Sarah Gibbs (»« Spinnel), 
aged about 67 years. Deceased was born in 
England in 1828, and was married to Joseph 
Gibbs in 1846. She was the mother of nine 
children, all married but two who preceded 
her. She united with the church a number 
61 years ago. She was deprived of her he; 


umber of years. Sh( 

Bible and 

its I 

loved her 
uths. She 


ALBRIGHT.— At the 
1895, Elmer Albright, 
Anna Albright, aged 4 
Funeral services by Bro 


Nov. 30. 

son of Charley and 
months and 5 days. 
John B. Miller. 

J. R. Stayer. 

MILLER.— In the Fredonia church, Wil- 
son Co., Kans., Nov. 14, 1895, Myra Eunice, 
youngest daughter of Bro. Benton F. and 
sister Belinda Miller, aged 3 years, 5 months 
and 12 days. Funeral services Dec. 7, 1895, 
by the writer, from Luke 8: 52. 

S. E. Thompson. 


ilton Co.. Ind., Dec. I 
Caylor, aged 86 years 
was the wife of Eld. t 
ceded her in death six 
84 years. They were 1 

Arcadia church, 
11, 1895. 

YOUNG.— Near Deshler, Ohio, Sept. — , 
1895, Jacob Irvin Young, aged 40 years, 3 
months and 23 days. He leaves a wife and 
live children. Funeral services by Bro. David 
Lytle. from 2 Cor. 5: 1. 

BECKl'ORD.— In Licking County, Ohio, 
Oct. 27, 189S, James Beckford, aged 76 years, 
8 months and 22 days. Dec. 31, 1S44, he was 
married to Mary Jane Smith, of Licking 
County, 1 lino. To this union were born ten 
children, seven of whom are still living. Fu- 
neral services by Bro. David Lytle, from Isa. 
3: ,0. Viola Rau. 

GILLIAM.— In the Salem church, Mont- 
gomery Co., Ohio, Dec. 14. 1895, sister Eliza- 
beth, wife of Andrew Gilliam, and daughter 
of Jacob Nisley, aged 56 years, II months and 
6 days. Sister Elizabeth was afflicted for 
about eleven years. The last five years she 
was a great sufferer, and the last fou: 
her agony was intense. She was joined in 
holy matrimony to Bro. Gilliam, leb. 19, i860, 
united with the Brethren (Dunker) church 
in the year 1857, and lived a faithful member 
up to her death. Funeral services at our 
central house, from the words: " She hath 
done what she could," Mark 14:8, by Eld. 
Jesse Kinsey and the writer. 

Jesse K. Brumbaugh. 

CROYLE.— In the Johnstown congregation, 
Dec. 12, 10,5, sister Lucy Croyle, wife of Bro. 

Aar.jn Croyle, aged 67 years. 4 months and 

• irldays. Funeral services conducted by Bro. 

G. S. Kairigh. A. J. Stkayer. 

FRRNGER— In the Turkey Creek church, 
it Co., Ind.. Dec. 16, 1895, Bro. John 
1 renger, aned 40 years, 3 months and 1 1 
days, lie leaves a wife and seven children 
Funeral services from Matt. 24:44 by the 
writer and others. Daniel Wysonu. 

eight survive. S 
church in 1S26 an 
Funeral occasion 
by Levi Holsinger. 

SHIVELY.— At hei 
I., Dec. 14, '895. ; 
daughter of Eld. Jol: 
Bro. Andrew Shively, 
and 9 days. She leav 
and three childi 
of the 

onths. She 
lias Caylor, who pre- 
vears, at the age of 
named in 1825. To 
:n children, of whom 
joined the Brethren 
2d faithful until death. 
jved from Job 14: 13 
Elias Smeltzer. 

home in Cerro Gordo, 

;ter Barbara Shively, 

Metzger, and wife of 

iged Go years, S months 

Yes a faithful companion 

all of whom are members 

was a faithful and de- 


ir of the church for about forty- 
Seldom was her seat vacant al 
leral by the Brethren. 

WM. Landis. 

/GIBBLE.— In the Upper Cumberland 
gregation, Cumberland Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 
Bro. Henry Gibble, aged 81 years, 5 m 
and g days. In 1851 he was elected ti 
office of deacon, in which office he served 
faithfully. Funeral discourse by Bro. Samuel 
Utz, assisted by the Brethren, from Philpp. 
j. 21> J. E. Hollinger. 

THOMAS.— In the bounds of the Chippewa 
Valley church, Wis., Nov. 30, 1895, sister 
Elizabeth Thomas (nee Baker) aged 55 years, 
5 months and 3 days. Deceased was 
Morgan County, Ohio, June 27, 1840. At the 
age of sixteen years she united with the 
Brethren church. At the age of twenty-foui 
years she moved with her parents to Vai 
Buren County, Mich., where she was unitei 
riage to*D. B. Thomas, Nov. i, 1868 
In the fall of 1875 she, with her husband and 
family, moved to Dunn County, Wis. She 
nted in February, 1873 and again in 
September, 1895. She leaves a husband and 
children. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by Eld. T. D. Van Buren, of Chippewa 
County. Katie Joyce. 

BURNS.— In the Hudson church, McLean 
Co., 111., Nov. 20, 1895,' of paralysis, sister 
Nancy Burns, aged 76 years, 9 months and 
21 days. Six weeks before her dealh she 
came to her brother-in-law's, Samuel Stuts- 
man, to attend a series of meetings and Com- 
munion. Taking sick, she called for the 
elders of the church to be anointed. The 
writer and Bro. Levi Stoneburner, of Ind 
attended to the solemn rite. She was r 
ed and very happy. After her rt 
home she attended to her housework again, 
enjoying good health for about five weeks, 
when, after a few days' illness, paralysis end- 
ed her life in a few hours. Funeral services 
by Bro. L. A. Pollock, from Ps. 90: 10-12. 

Thomas D. Lyon. 

.use by Bro. B. Landis. 

GIBBS.— At the same home, Nov. 18, 1895, 

membranous croup, Chester, only son of 

'm. Gibbs, deceased, aged 9 years. Funeral 

: the house by the M, E. minister, after 

which he was laid away in the cemetery near 

GIBBS.— At the same home, Dec 2, 1895, 
of the same disease, Nettie, only daughter of 
the above-named parents, aged 7 years. Fu- 
neral by the same minister. 

Mrs. Lydia Lesh. 

FINGERLY.— In Collins, Wyoming Terri- 
tory, Mary Ann Fingerly, wife of John Finger- 
ly, aged 38 years, 10 months and 24 days. 
She was born in Roanoke County, Va. She 
moved to Ohio shortly after the war, with her 
parents and family; stayed there four years, 
then moved to Illinois and settled in Sanga- 
mon County, where she was baptized. She 
leaves a husband and two children. Funeral 
from 1 Pet. 1:24, by Samuel Yost. 

Anna Morgan. 

LEUPOLD.— In the Coventry church, Ches- 
ter Co., Pa., Nov. 17, 1S95, sister Sarah Leu- 
pold, aged 92 years, 10 months and 18 days. 
;d with the church in her younger 
days and, on account of persecution by her 
husband, because of her faith, moved 

of the younger children to the White 
Oak church, Lancaster Co., Pa., wh 
lived for upwards of thirty years. She then 
removed again to the Coventry church, to her 
son's, also a member, where she died. She 
was a faithful sister to the end. Funeral dis- 
course by Bro. Jacob Conner, and others, from 
job 5: 26. Hiram Gibble. 

SNYDER.— At the home of her daughter's, 
sister Hettie Nusbaum, Linganore, Md., Nov. 

22, 1895, of paralysis, sister Mary Ann Snyder, PRINGLE— At her home, 
aged 74 years and 10 months. She was afflict- Ohio, sister Catharine Pringle (; 
ed for three years and confined to her bed aged 68 years. She was born in France 
fourteen months, but bore her affliction pa- iS2(j, was married to Philip Pringle, and the 
tiently. Services at the house by Bro. W. T. mother of nine childi 

Miller. Her remains were interred in the they all strive to meet their mother in heave 
Pipe Creek cemetery. Funeral at the church Funeral was preached at the Stone Li< 
by elders E. W. Stoner and John Utz. Text, church. Her remains were interred at tl 
1 Cor. 15:26. M. E. Ecker. JStouder cemetery, Mrs. Lydia Lesh. 

SNYDER.— In the Yellow River congrega- 
tion, Bourbon, Ind., Nov. 22, 1895, Bro. Henry 
Snyder, aged about 35 years. He leaves a 
wife, two sons and three stepsons. Funeral 
services by Bro. Wm. Neff, of Milford, as- 
sisted by the writer, from Rev. 14: 13. 

J. H. Sellers. 

WILSON.— In the Pine Creek church, Mar- 
shall Co., Ind., Dec. 10, 1895, Bro. Daniel 
Wilson, aged 77 years, 9 months and 26 days, 
nited with the Brethren church forty 
ago and remained faithful till death, 
is sick but a few days. Eight children 
preceded him to the spirit land. His wife and 
four children survive him. Funeral services 
by the writer from 2 Tim. 4: 6, 7. 

Jacob Hilderbrand. 

CAR.— At Huntington, Ind., Dec. 1, 1895, 
Elynina Ritter Car, wife of Jasper Car. She 
was born Sept. 24, i860. She leaves a hus- 
band and six children. She united with the 
German Baptist church when quite young. 
The funeral services were conducted by Bro. 
Noah Fisher in the Huntington church, Ind. 
A. C. Emley. 

HARRIS.— At Huntington, Ind., Nov. 21 
1895, Frances C. Harris, daughter of Samuel 
and Charlotte Friedly. Deceased was born 
Feb. 6, 1869. She leaves a faithful husband 
and three small children. She united with 
the German Baptist church, September, 1889. 
Funeral conducted by Bro. Noah Fisher at 
the Lancaster church. A. C. EmleY. 

KROBBE.— In the bounds of the Exeter 
church, York Co., Nebr., near Lushton, Dec. 16. 
1895, sister Sylvia Krobbe, wife of A. Krobbe 
and daughter of Bro. Jacob and 

Zern, aged : 


,nd 17 

days. She united with the church in March, 
1889, and was anointed a few days previous 
to her death. Services by the writer, assisted 
by Bro. G. W. Stambaugh, in the M. E. meet- 
inghouse. D. B. HBINV. 



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The press brings us some strange news. We 
hardly know whether to believe it or not. It is 
stated that the entire site of the ancient City of 
Babylon has been purchased by two wealthy Jews. 
The Jews were once led captive to Babylon, but 
the most far-seeing among them never dreamed 
that in coming centuries two of their ancestors 
i''ould be able to purchase and own the whole 
place. How things do change in this world! The 
more we learn the more fully do we become con- 
vinced that the Lord is presiding over the affairs 
of earth. 

Dr. Hicks, author of Hicks' Celebrated Alma- 
nac, thinks that Providence is shaping affairs re- 
garding the great eastern question. He says: 
"Speaking about the Turkey question, why don't 
the great powers act in the matter? Ostensibly 
because they are jealous of each other, but really 
because the hand of God is guiding this question. 
The most important unfulfilled prophecies of his 
Word bear- on this Turkey question. All signs 
indicate that the time is near at hand for their ful- 
| fillment. The solution of this problem will un- 

doubtedly lead to, or end, in a general European 
war. When it does come, it will be the war of the 
ages. The logic of events points that way. It may 
be soon, or it may be later. But of late the events 
seem to be hastening the crisis." 

Abraham seems to have had plenty of money 
when occasion demanded the use of it, and from 
that day to this, the Hebrews have had a faculty 
for accumulating property. The world over, where 
they have had a chance equal with other men, they 
are a money-making people, and now the New 
York Sun suggests that the wealthy among them 
raise Sioo,000,ooo and erect in the City of New 
York a temple as magnificent as that of Solomon, j 

This they are not likely to do, but they have al- 
ready adopted plans for a new synagogue which, 
it is said, will be the finest edifice of the kind in 
the world. It is to contain an ark of the finest 
and most elaborate workmanship. A display of 
this kind may satisfy the vanity of the rich, but 
there is no religion about it. Those who have 
plenty of money can make a better use of it. 
However, in the coming kingdom the poor in this 
world who love God and keep his commandments, 
will be permitted to enjoy mansions in the City of 
New Jerusalem, whose splendor wilj excel any- 
thing this world has ever seen. While the rich 
may enjoy the display of the magnificence in this 
world, the poor have only to wait a few years until 
they will have the pleasure of enjoying that which 
is far superior. 

Job informs us that the Lord has stretched out 
the North over the empty place, but he tells us noth- 
ing concerning the South Pole, so the people of 
this age seem inclined to find out the state of af- 
fairs there for themselves. Well, that is their 
privilege, for the Lord has given man dominion 
over the works of his hands and over the sea, and 
we presume this includes all the unexplored South. 
It is maintained that a great continent exists with- 
in the Antarctic circle, and that it abounds in ani- 
mal life, and that possibly it may contain a new 
race of people. This seems to be the conclusion 
formed by some who have, at different times, vis- 
ited this far-away land. An effort is to be made 
to explore that part nf the world, and the result 
will be watched with a great deal of interest. It is 
a region of intense cold, and cannot be traversed 
without great exposure. However, the coldest 
season for the Antarctic continent is' during our 
summer season, at which time the sun may not be 
seen for some months._ But during our winter 
there is perpetual sunshine at the South Pole, and 
about the 21st of December, the inhabitants, if 
there are any, may enjoy the " midnight sun." 

The Armenians, as a people, originally inhabited 
that part of Asia around the head of the Euphrates 
and Tigris rivers. The greater part of the country 
is now subject to Turkey. They claim that Chris- 
tianity was introduced among them by one of the 
apostles before the middle of the first century. In 
some respects the Armenian church resembles the 
Greek church, but is not so powerful. It now 
does, and always has, practiced trine immersion. 
They have formed settlements in nearly all parts 
of the Turkish empire, and in some of the large 
cities are very numerous, and are really the most 
industrious and thrifty people in that part of Asia. 
The Turks hate and kill them because they are 
Christians. The Turks are Mohammedans, and 
claim a religious right to destroy all Christians, but 
their fear of the United States, Great Britain and 
other governments, keep them from massacring 
those who are citizens of these countries. By 
treaty our country has a right to demand that all of 
the citizens of the United States residing in Turkey 
be properly protected, but, it seems, has no right to 
interfere with the destruction of the Armenians, 
who are citizens of Turkey. But England, Russia 
and several other powers have a right to so inter- 
fere, and, according to an agreement entered into, 
it is their duty to see that the lives and property 
of these people be protected, but, on account of 
jealousies existing between these great powers, 
nothing is being done. What the end is to be the 
Lord only knows, for the destruction of life and 
property still continues. And while the United 

States has no treaty right to interfere, it is rumored 
that the authorities at Washington, for the good 
of common humanity, are seriously considering 
whether it is not thier duty to demand that the mas- 
sacring of these Christians be stopped at once. 
Nations sometimes do not bear the sword in- vain 

IW 13:4. 

Aftkh pointing out a few of our mistakes in 
newspaper work one of our patrons writes: "A 
good many people will talk about you behind 
your back, and I tell you to your face." It should 
be an easy matter to face a man, even if his purpose 
is to point out defects, for, in that case, one may be 
enabled to sec, and then induced to correct his 
errors. Hut to be assailed by one to his back is a 
grave misfortune, for the one thus attacked is sure 
to conclude that it is an enemy seeking his injury, 
and he turns only to defend himself and retaliate. 
In such an event the faults remain and become 
more firmly fixed. He who faces a man and lov- 
ingly reminds him of his faults, and suggests a 
remedy, is a benefactor to humanity. But the one 
who talks of people behind their backs is a curse to 
the race. To such we may well say, " Get thee be- 
hind me, Satan; thou art an offense unto me." 

What a grand thing it would be for this world if 
all the difficulties between the nations of earth 
could be settled by arbitration, and wars and the 
preparations for wars be banished from the earth! 
It is said that at present one-third of all the rev- 
enues of the various countries is devoted to paying 
the interest on dchts incurred by past w 
another third goes for preparing for future wars, 
leaving only one-third for the present use. It is 
also stated that, during the present century, wars 
have cost not less than fifteen thousand million 
dollars, and have caused the loss of five million 
lives. This is appalling, and yet the estimate is 
rather under than over the actual facts. The real 
remedy for this great evil is for all the churches in 
the world to preach and insist upon the doctrine of 
peace. Create a sentiment tor arbitration, and use 
all possible influence to get the nations to adopt 
this method of settling their differences. At the 
rate war debts are increasing, it will be but a few 
years until the leading governments of earth will 
be bankrupted. Even at this time the burdens of 
excessive taxation are so great that they can hard- 
ly be borne by the masses. 


Number Twenty-Six. 

Fourth Day, Oct. 12, iSg<). 
The morning was cool and pleasant. After 
breakfast our dragoman had a loud time in paying 
some of the native women who always force their 
services on the camp that they may get a little 
pay. No matter what is offered them, they always 
clamor for more, and get so loud about it that you 
would expect a regular fight about it. But a de- 
termined push, with a loud threat, settles it all, and 
they walk slowly away, muttering ugly things about 
the whole party. Everybody wants a " back- 
sheesh," no matter where you meet them. Even 
the children, as you pass through their villages, cry 
out, " Backsheesh." Poor creatures! They are all 
objects of pity, but there seems to be no way of 
making their condition better. The simple truths 
of the Gospel alone can bring light and sunshine to 
these debased and darkened souls. 

THTIEl GrOB-fJilJ-i M:E11=~ 

We continued our way over the hills, by bridle 
paths, when we met a hundred or more soldiers 
on horseback, sent out by the government to keep 
peace among the contending parties and for the 
protection of the people. It looked like war, and 
we were glad that we were not in it. As we ascend- 
ed to the top of a hill, we had our first view of the 
waters of Merom. We stopped in an olive orchard 
for our lunch and rest. Continued horseback rid- 
ing gives two things: weariness and a craving appe- 
tite, so that lunch time was always welcomed and 
enjoyed. To-day we had our table spread in the 
shade of an olive tree full of fruit. As there are no 
fences in this country, every place is open and free, 
except the " backsheesh " which is always expect- 
ed, even by those who stand around and look on. 

Now we lift our eyes and behold the mountains 
ofNaphtali. At 2: 30 we enter the plains of Dan, 
and, at a distance, see the place where the city was 
located. In the evening, .we come to Banias, or 
Ca;sarea rhi'ippi, where we camp for the night. 
This is a small village of some fifty houses, and 
was considered one of our most dangerous stopping 
places. On our arrival, we were told that the day 
before fourteen men were killed, quite near, in a 
skirmish between the Druses and Metawles. This 
news, of course, did not add much to our comfort, 
and to make it still worse, on our dragoman asking 
the sheik of the village for guards, he, at first, re- 
fused, saying that he would not be responsible for 
the life of anybody outside of houses after dark. 
He finally sent us two guards to watch our tents 
for the night. After our even ng meal, being 
weary, we retired and soon fell asleep, but a part of 

ir company 
clock the si 

fortunate, as about 10 


nade to 

with the yells of Ihe jackals that made their homes in 
the rocks and caves of the mountains and hills, and 
as they heard this hideous noise for the first time, 
they mistook it for that of the fighting Metawles, 
and thought they were coming sure. They got out 
of their cots, dressed themselves and put on their 
shoes, that they might be ready for the worst,— but 
no trouble came, and we were all thankful for our 

Fifth Day, Sunday, Oct. 33. 
As we did not wish to remain in a country so 
dangerous to life, we concluded to spend the Sun- 
day in traveling, that we might get away, as far as 
possible from the place, for our next camping. 
Before leaving we visited the Temple of Pan, erect- 
ed by Herod the Great before the birth of Christ. 
Near by, one of the sources of the Jordan takes its 
rise, a beautiful and large fountain of clear, spark- 
ling water. This is, probably, the most northern 
place ever visited by Christ (Matt. 16: 13), and is 
also said to be the place of the healing of the 
woman with the issue of blood. So we were made 
to feel that we were traveling through the field of 
the Master, and this gave us some very pleasant 
thoughts for meditation, as we were riding along 
the by-ways of a now barbarous land. 

After a half hour's ride we come to the site of 
ancient Dan, which is now only a mound of ruins. 
After passing to the top and viewing it over, we 
came to a second source of the Jordan, — several 
very large springs of clear sweet water close to- 
gether, forming quite a large stream, — large enough 
to turn a grist-mill and have plenty of water to 
spare, and this, too, in the driest season of the year. 
From here we descend into a vast plain, extend- 
ing along the Little Jordan, so called by Josephus, 
to the lake of Merom. Once this country, no 
doubt, was very fertile, but now it is used as a pas- 
ture-land by the Bedouins who now hold possession 
of the land. Here is said to have been the battle 
field of Barak, Deborah's general, in the days of 

Here the Bedouins dwell in their tents, having 

the flocks of the plains for their possessions, auu 
rove from place to place, as their wants and cir- 
cumstances demand. Their dwellings are made of 
black goats' hair, such as are mentioned in Solo- 
mon's Song, 1 : 5, — the black tents of Kedar. The 
material is made by the women, and as they live 
chiefly on bread and milk, their wants are few and 
easily obtained. They live a lazy, easy kind or 
life, and civilization would bring to them nothing 
but labor, turmoil, and vexation of spirit. They 
said to be hospitable to strangers, and once in 
r tents, one is not only safe, but they deem it 
r duty to protect their guests for three days 
after their departure from their camp. 

At noon we lunched close by an antiquated mill 
where we saw them grinding their grain for food, 
in small grists, as it came in, from a quart up. 
The flour is not bolted but taken as it comes out 
from between the stones. The mill was run by wa- 
ter, and very crude in construction. We took our 
noonday meal in the shade of a row of pomegranate 
trees, and with truly thankful hearts, as we were 
now considered to be out of the dangerous terri- 
tory, and in a comparatively safe country. 
At 4 o'clock P. M. we pitched our tents at Mele- 
ha, where there is a large spring which runs into 
beautiful lake full of fish. And as we looked at 
e lovely surroundings we were made to think, 
What a grand place it would be under a Christian 
-rnment and the country inhabited by a Chris- 
people! Remove the curse from this once 
.'en-blessed land, and we see wonderful possibil- 
for development. At the outlet of this lake 
there are a few houses, and an old mill, running 
three pair of stones. As the sun lowered in the 
West, a cool calmness came and we had a very en- 
joyable evening in our camp home. 

Sixth Day, Monday, Oct. 14. 

This morning finds us all well and in good con- 
dition for another day's iourney. Some of our par- 
ty were annoyed somewhat by the signals of the 
night guards and the noise of the horses and mules, 
which were tethered in, as we thought, an unneces- 
sarily close proximity to our tents. 

After leaving the camping ground a half hour be- 

yond the ancient site of Dan 
and third, source of the Jord 
large fountain and must be a 
to the plain dwellers, — spriu 
land. We now enter the va 
the Sea of Galilee. At this 
parched be 



a very 

inestimable blessing 
s of water in a thirsty 
t plains that lead to 
!tne they are dry and 
of the-drought, and yet we could 
see some corn and other grains being gathered. 
The indications are that, by a little drainage and 
good culture, the whole valley, of thousands of 
acres, could be made to bloom and bring forth al- 
most unlimited productions in fruits, grains, and 
vegetables. As it is, the roving Bedouins hold pos- 
session and cultivate only patches of it, — just 
enough to feed them. They possess large flocks of 
cattle and sheep, goats, and thousands of camels. 

As we go south we come to Jewish settlements, — 
an experiment being made by the Rothschilds to re- 
settle the land with its rightful owners. Here we 
see evidences, not only of civilization, but also ot 
modern living, improvements and farming. Around 
their territory there is a good wire fence. The land 
is farmed with steam plows, groves of olive trees 
are set out, and through the middle of it, for miles, 
was a wide road or avenue, planted on both sides, 
with two rows of trees, and the bed for an excellent 
roadway commenced. Part of the territory is full of 
stones, but these they will utilize in building fences. 
As we were passing along in this settlement we 
were unexpectedly overtaken by a dashing thunder 
shower, and thus driven into the Jewish village, 
which is located on a rocky elevation near by. 
The buildings are all of stone, substantially built, 
and new, or nearly so, and therefore make a very 

R- January 4, 

near by, to duih 

tained for a short time in the hotel Gail 
landlord is a Jew and had been in America, which 
fact, of course, always brings responsive feelings, 
and he almost overdid himself in trying to make us 
comfortable, and tried to make us believe that it 
would be better for us to camp there for the night. 
But we thought otherwise, and after a very palata- 
ble lunch and cup of tea, we took our departure, 
leaving a smile on his face by placing some of the 
"needful" in his very willing hands to receive. 
The great " sesame " to open the hearts of this 
Eastern people is money. 

At one o'clock we had our first view of the Sea 
of Galilee, and we all felt like shouting for joy, be- 
cause it was one of the most desirable objective 
points in our overland tour. After several hours' 
riding and going down a very steep and rocky 
declivity, we came to the north end of the sea, at 
Kan Minich. Here we passed over a pretty grass 
plot which is said to be one of the places where 
Christ fed the multitude. To feel that we were 
now really on the ground where the Christ walked 
to and fro and talked to, and fed, the people, was 
a preciously sweet experience, because, in this 
land, there is so much uncertainty and deception 
about places of sacred memory, that you scarcely 
know what to believe. But when you come to the 
Sea of Galilee you have, at least, one place about 
which there can be no doubt. This is, indeed, the 
same sea, and along its shores are the sites of the 
towns and the places, frequented by the Christ, 
while here on the earth. 

As we were riding along the western shore, we 
heard a number of men, at a distance in, seemingly, 
quite an excited conversation, and as we drew nearer 
to the place we found that they were fishermen, and 
were in the act of drawing a- net, that had been cast, 
to the shore. We hurriedly rode to the 9pot, and 
dismounted, eagerly desiring to see what the J 
draught would be, and so eager were some of us 
that coats were thrown aside, and willing hands 
took hold of the net to help draw it in. The loop 
of the net was perhaps a hundred feet from the 
shore, but slowly and gradually it was drawn 
towards the shore, and the fish began to jump 
vigorously to get over the net, and a few made 
their escape. As the net was drawn in on them, 
they would dash for the shore, only to be wrapped 
into the outcoming net. Things now began to be 
exciting. There were nine fishermen, and part of 
them were naked, but all busy and excited, because 
the draught proved to be a good one. Nearer and 
nearer the net was drawn to the shore, and when 
the climax came, a better pleased set of tourists 
you never saw. Think of it! About four hundred 
large fishes at one draught from the Sea of Gali- 
lee! We measured some of them and they marked 
from fifteen to eighteen inches. 

As we looked at these fishermen, and saw them 
draw their net to shore, how vividly came to our 
mind the narrative of the fishing disciples in the 
time and presence of Christ, at this lake and per- 
haps near this spot, as it is only a short distance 
from the place where the multitude was fed. John 
21 tells us, " And that night they caught nothing," 
but when they cast their net at the Master's com- 
mand "they were not able to draw it for the multi- 
tude of fishes." 

Never did we meet an incident so Gospel-like, 
and in no case in our journey, thus far, were we so 
thoroughly impressed with the feeling that we were 
treading on sacred ground. 

After the scene was over, our cook "Sugary" 
procured a good string of fish for our evening din- 
ner, and we left, greatly pleased that, at this place, 
we were permitted to see such an apt illustration of 
a Bible scene, so simple and yet so grand in appli- 

Juauary II, 18 



day i 

day's journey is completed, our tents 
are pitched, and we are at Tiberias, on the beautiful 
shore of Galilee, The place itself is not of much 
importance, being only a small town of 2,700 inhab- 
itants, two-thirds of whom are Jews and the rest 
Moslems, and Greek Christians. But because of 
the Bible associations we felt that it was a good 
: to be. Our tents were set almost on the sea- 
:, some sixty rods south of the village, at a 
: where we had a commanding view of the 
and the surrounding country and mountains, 
e expected to remain here over the following 
ve tried to make our temporary home as home- 
like as possible, so we "fixed up" and prepared 
ourselves to enjoy our stay on the Galilee. 

Before we get away from the impression we n 
not forget the very fine sunset that greeted us 
our approach to the place. In describing suns 
it is generally introduced by saying: " The sun 
sinking slowly in the West." Of course it was, 
there is where we generally find the sun about this 
time, but the beauty consists not because of this. 
It is the combinations of conditions and things out 
side of the ordinary that enlist our attention and 
call forth those impressions that we call beautiful 
Of course the within must respond to the without 
before such impressions can be developed. In this 
case, we enjoyed the within, and God made and ar- 
ranged the without. Large, fleecy, golden-tingec 
clouds were lazily floating above the Western hori 
zon, which were most beautifully reflected from tht 
bosom of the Sea, while the highest peaks of the: 
mountain of Gilead were crowned with a dense 
sheet of fog, made white as wool, by the last rays 
of the setting sun. To this was added the ima 
sun from the bed of the sea, and the sharp cont 
between the light and shades of the surrounc 

In , 

connection with the pleasing thought that at 
one time the Master, with his disciples, made all 
these surroundings glorious by his presence, the 
scene to us and all of our party, was imposing an< 
grand, and we shall long remember this sunset over 
the Galilean sea. Though the loving words of a 
precious Savior are no more heard on these shores, 
yet a perfume, by association, has been left that 
shall never be wiped away until the great mission 
has been completed, and "his own" that received 
him not shall know, accept, and receive Him as 
their long-expected King. H. B. b. 



The Word of the Lord 

That cannot be valued 

And it's dropping, and dropping, and yet th 

Rich food for my heart, and so sweet to my 

: full of honey, 


My soul had tasted of the pleasures of the v 
Until burdened with sin, into darkness 'twas hurled; 
But a drop of the word,— the sweetest and the best 
Fell right in my heart, " Come, I'll give your soul rest." 

In all the wide world wherever I may roam 
The honey keeps dropping from the ever-full comb, 
And no treasure on earth such comforts can give 
As those from the droppings of His Word I receive. 

While at rest on my couch, awake, or asleep 

The rich drops keep on falling with a fragrance so swee 

As if angels' soft hands were pressing the comb 

To give me a fore-taste of the pleasures at home. 

At the dawn of the morn while the day is yet new, 
From the hive the drops fall like the morning's soft dew 
They strengthen my heart for the duties of the day 
And to sing to the Lord while I travel His way. 

When I'm tempted from the path of duty to stray 
So often this drop is my comfort and stay; 
" Fear not, little flock, it's your Father's good pleasure 
The kingdom to give you with all its rich t 

parents whose babes are asleep in the grave 
How precious this drop of the Savior, to save 
The children. When He called them this blessing was 
' Of such little children is the kingdom of heaven." 
When we enter the valley and shadow of death, 
And sh.uter and shorter is growing our breath. 
What a pleasure this drop of His Word doth afford; 

We shall rise from the dead in the glory of the Lord.' 

Morrill, A'ans, 


BY J. s. FLORY. 

In this world there is no power or influence c 
such magnitude for good as the Christian religior 
While this is true, it is possible for us to err i 
looking at it in a sense of parts that make up th 
entire whole. For instance we should not estimate 
its real value from the fact that we find in it the 
fulfillment of prophecy to a wonderful deg 
The types and shadows of the past ages have cc 
out in the full glare of the noonday sun, and the 
significance of God's promises has centered in th 
cross, yet, beyond all this, there is something of 
greater potency. 

We should not accord to Christianity its highest 
good as coming from the fact that in its introdu 
tion divine power was manifest, and many mirach 
wrought by the great Author of Christianity. In 
the great redemptive plan of salvation, whereby 
God's love was manifest for the uplifting of a * 
ing world, these truths and realities are important 
factors, as evidences of the fundamental verities o 
God's omnipotent, omniscient, and omniprescn 
power, yet they are, by no means, paramount to one 
other important, logical reason, why Christianity i: 
a thing of tremendous power, and of inestimabh 
value. We have reference to the real essence o 
Christianity, which has in it the needs of the long 
ing soul,— the thing which answers the purpose o! 
bringing peace and rest to the weary, aching heart, 
that potent power which infuses into the individual 
person a new life, transforming the whole man into 
the semblance of that one perfect man, Christ J 

The actual experience of a living faith is such 
that it may be truly said " we know " we have 
passed from death to life. The real satisfying hope 
that lays hold on eternal life stands out in such 
boldness that nought else can have such promi- 
nence, therefore it may be said, as Paul says of 
charity, "these three" but the greatest evidence 
and power is a living experience of the powers of 

I have known some so imbued with prophecy 
that it seemed to them to be the Alpha and 
Omega of Christianity. Others seem to regard 
the miracles attendant upon Christ's work and min- 
istry as the ultimatum of God's grace in the econo- 
my of the Christian religion. All these are impor- 
tant in their place, and in the divine purpose of 
God they fill the preparatory steps necessary to a 
complete system of salvation, but what the spirit is 
to the letter, personal indwelling of the Holy 
Ghost is to all preparatory work. 

" Christ within, the hope of glory " outshines the 
significance of Christ in prophecy and in miracle. 
Not until this potent power of the Christian re- 
ligion has full sway in the hearts and lives of pro- 
fessors, can we expect Christianity to be a complete 
uccess, and the world won to Christ. 
The minister of the Gospel may preach in thun- 
der tones the mysteries of God hid for ages, but 
brought to light through the Gospel, — myster- 
ies in prophecy and mysteries in miracles, but until 
vidences, by his life, the mysteries of regenera- 
tion, he will be as sounding brass or tinkling cym- 

The church may claim the doctrine of apostolic 
Christianity but not until she determines to know 
nothing but Christ and him crucified shall she have 
the power to turn the world upside down, and rout 
the marshalling hosts of Satan. 
Los Angeles, Col. 



We often use, or see used by the pen of others, 
the word "consecration," and we sometimes won- 
der just how much we mean by it. When we 
speak of consecrating our life to God, we ought to 
think of what we read in Ex. 29: 29, " And the holy 
garments of Aaron shall be his sons' after him, to 
be anointed therein, and to be consecrated in 
them." And when we read the entire chapter, we 
learn that every offering, and every priest, and ev- 
ery garment was to be consecrated, when they 
come before the Lord. This prompts the further 
notice of consecrate, as we find it described in Josh. 
6: 19. It says, " But all the silver, and gold, and 
vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the 

Here we notice that all the vessels and metals 
were to be consecrated to the Lord. This produces 
the inquiry now, as to what we mean when we talk 
about consecrating our whole life to God. Do we 
realize that this takes in our bodies, our money, 
our food, our raiment, and all that we are, and all 
we have? When we read Rom. 12: 1, we are made 
to inquire, What use has the Lord for our bodies? 
But when we turn to 1 Cor. 6; 19, 20, the case is 
clear, for that says, "What! know ye not that your 
body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in 
you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your 
own," etc. It seems as if it requires a long time for 
some of us to learn that we are but stewards, and 
not lords. We read in I Cor. 4: 2, " It is required 
in stewards, that a man be found faithful." Conse- 
cration, we should understand to be, a full sur- 
render of our will to God's will, so that [ Cor. 10: 
31 will be our motto in all things. 

McPherson, /Cans. 



It may be true that Mr. Daniel Sommers, in one 
case, rejected trine immersion, but the Disciples, as 
a church, not only take into their fellowship mem- 
bers baptized by trine immersion, but a minister 
in good standing among them at Roanoke, 111., act- 
ually did baptize two or three applicants by trine 
immersion, and other ministers sanction the work 
by holding persons so baptized in good fellow- 
ship. So trine immersion like gold, while they 
may grumble at it, yet is legal tender and goes 
everywhere at par. 

As to accepting any challenge for debate, always 
carry the debate into the congregation of the man 
that makes the challenge. When you give this 
matter a little thought you can see the importance 
of it. In this way the truth can be carried into 
places where it was never heard in its fullness. 
Then let them affirm their own practice by the Gos- 
pel. They will soon find where they are, and this 
rse is very likely to take all the debate out of 
them, when they are asked to take Jesus as the 
Author and Finisher of 

Stuttgart, Ark. 


Number Two. 

For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin; 
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."— 2. 
Cor. 5: 21. 

Man can never Satisfy God by Works. — Since nothi- 
ng short of absolute perfection, absolute holiness, 
tbsolute righteousness can satisfy God's claim for 
justification, it seems strange that any man would 
ever think of laying claim to justification along the 
line of works. 

The folly of substituting works for righteousness 
is the greatest stumbling block in the church to- 
day. It is the wand by which the devil charms men 
and women into self-righteousness, and by which 
he successfully hinders true consecration to Christ, 


January II, 1896. 

Whenever a man begins to depend upon his 
works, he will at once begin to reason as Korah, 
Dathan, and Abiram reasoned. He will begin to 
feel like the Pharisee,— a little lack of consecration 
will surely make no difference with one who is so 
good in God's sight. 

True consecration will give more of the spirit of 
the poor publican, and the cry will be: " Lord 1 do 
so little; help me to do more. Lord, not my 
works, but thine do we plead." 

Men and women do all their work for self, and 
nothing for Christ when they seek justification by 
works. They become religious misers, their re- 
ligion begins and ends in self; it is niggardly and 
selfish in all its bearings. The miser starves and 
freezes himself, practices rigid self-denial,— for 
what? For self, to gratify a morbid craving for 
gold, to have something for old age. 

The religious miser attends church, squeezes out 
his pittance to help the poor, to help build church- 
es, and, by force of duty, an occasional copper to 
carry the Gospel to all the world, prays and labors 
in order to get to heaven when he dies. 

He niggardly washes feet, salutes with a kiss, and 
wears plain clothes, in order to get to heaven when 
he dies. Christ will say to every religious miser, 
" Depart from me, ye that work iniquity." " I nev- 
er knew you." Matt. 7: 23. The man who is work- 
ing all for self is not converted. He does not know 
the joy of consecrated service. 

The man who works for the Lord from a sense of 
duty is under the bondage of sin. He has never 
stepped into the glad, free service of the child who 
walks in the light of life. 

If mere works could satisfy God's claim, the re- 
ligious miser, and the professor who bravely obeys 
the Lord because it is his duty to obey, would 
stand blameless. The consecrated child obeys be- 
cause he loves; self is dropped out. The thought 
of duty, as such, is lost in loving service. 

If works could be made to satisfy God we would 
have no use for Christ, no use for the atonement, 
for works would carry us upon their own merit. 
The devil would gladly get us to substitute our 
works for Christ's righteousness. 

When we do all we can, our lives are full of mis- 
takes, full of failures; and because of these, we 
could have no righteousness if God had not foreor- 
dained that we should be righteous by the blood of 
Jesus. The Christian, who depends upon his works 
for perfection, is no better than the moral man. 
Both alike deny the virtue of Christ's life and 

If the Christian can be saved by his works, so can 
the moral man, but all who depend upon their 
works are deluded by the devil. 

God has set a standard, and that standard is ab- 
solute perfection, and no man can reach it by his 
works. " If the righteous scarcely be saved where 
shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" I Pet. 
4: 18. The man who depends upon his good works 
is an ungodly man,— that is he is without God, and 
cannot be saved. 

Good works, coupled to obedience of ordinances 
and ceremony, can not make a man righteous. Our 
only righteousness is Christ, our Substitute. 

We stand justified by Christ's righteousness. 
" Not by works of righteousness which we have 
done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by 
the washing of regeneration and renewing of the 
Holy Ghost." Titus 3: 5. God " hath saved us 
and called us with a holy calling, not according to 
our works, but according to his own purpose and 
grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before 
the world began." 2 Tim. 1:0.. 

We are saved not according to works, but accord- 
ing to God's own purpose, that Christ may be all in 
all. " Ye are saved by grace through faith and that 
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of 
works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2: 8, 9. 

All who depend upon their works for salvation 
belong to the class who " being ignorant of God's 
righteousness, and going about to establish their 

own righteousness, have not submitted themselves 
unto the righteousness of God." Rom. 10: 3. 

Works cannot save because they cannot give 

Bridgcwater, Va. 



We have spring as the beginning of life, when all 
nature comes forth in her beauty, the spear of 
grass, the budding of the trees, the sweet warble of 
birds, the warm showers of rain, and the soft 
breezes from the sunny south, all together are in- 
viting and bring forth new life. 

The human life may be divided into four sea- 

1. Spri»g Time. — In this period we have the 
youth up to twenty years of age. How tender the 
youth! The body full and plump! The limbs 
nimble and active! The five senses full and com- 
plete. The memory reaching out and retaining! 
I notice often in the young mind a restless dispo- 
sition, — looking forward to a time of manhood or 
womanhood. The first twenty years of life seem- 
ingly move so slowly. The mind is desirous of a ful- 
ly developed body, — hence a rapid stride for knowl- 
edge and power. 

2. The Summer Time of Life. — This will reach from 
twenty to forty. This seems to be the period in 
which the body can undergo the most hardships. 
In this period men do more hard work than any 
o'her. In the summer time of life men and women 
genrrally make a mark. The farmer, the merchant, 
the school teacher, the business man,— all lay a 
foundation for future life. This is the most desira- 
ble (in addition to the former period), to lay a foun- 
dation for Christian work, and make a mark in the 
world, as did the old workers in Bible times. The 
evangelists John, Paid, and Timothy, made a mark 
in early life. Their work was done in the summer of 
life, while they had strength and courage. 

3. Autumn. — The third period of the year will 
will change the color of vegetation. In the autumn 
vegetables begin to ripen, leaves begin to fall, 
heavy frosts will chill the air, the wind sweeps 
around the cottage home. All nature is undergo- 
ing a change. The autumn time of life will reach 
from forty to sixty. In this period we are go- 
ing over the summit. Life is like going up and 
down hill. In the autumn of life the body will fade 
away, the hair will turn to a silver gray, the eye ball 
will flatten, and lose its power, the ear becomes dull 
of hearing, the teeth will decay and drop out, the 
body will move more slowly and soon will falter by 
the way. When we pass the fiftieth mile-stone, life 
is rolling us down hill. Before we reach the fifti- 
eth mile-stone, days, weeks, months and years 
seemingly pass slowly. After that we feel like put- 
ting on the brakes. How of en have I heard the re- 
mark, " How short this summer or winter has been! " 
The older we get, the swifter time rolls us on to 

4. The winter time of life.— This reaches from sixty 
to eighty. " The days of our years are threescore 
years and ten: and if by reason of strength they be 
fourscore years, yet is their strength, labor and 
sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 
Psa. 90: 10. 

If we live the allotted time, eighty years will wind 
up our earthly career. Some have the privilege to 
live on borrowed time, and reach ninety or one 
hundred, and a few reach over one hundred. I 
once conversed with a lady that was one hundred 
and ten years of age. 

The winter time of life is frail. Often the eye 
will lose its sight, the ear its hearing, and the mouth 
its teeth, leaving the appearance of decay and de- 
crepitude. In old age the mind is easily dis- 
turbed, and the body easily chilled. Walking, the 
feeble frame must lean upon a staff. Soon all' will 
be silent in death. 

The winter period brings frost, snow and ice. All 
nature seems chilled with a sweeping wind passing 
over the earth, In the fourth season of life the icy 

hand of death will lay the body low, the pale mes- 
senger of death will chill the body, so much so, that 
it must go back to its mother earth. When winter 
comes, vegetables will die, and the strength is 
driven back into the roots. The earth holds either 
the seed or the strength until spring comes. So 
will the wintry blast sweep over the land and chill 
the body until it dies. Then it will go to the grave 
(its mother earth) until the spring time of the res- 
urrection, when a new body will come forth. Paul 
tells us, "That which thou sowest is not quickened 
except it die." I Cor. 15: 36. 

In order that we may live again we must die. It 
is appointed unto man once to die, but after this 
the judgment." Heb. 9: 27. 

Man in his birth, life and death will pass through 
those four changes if he lives his allotted time. 
How necessary to live right in our youth, grow in 
favor with God in our manhood, walk with God in 
the decline of life, and with Elijah cross the valley 
of death, and rise to eternal life in the morning of 
sweet eternity! 

Goshen, bid. 



In Gospel Messenger No. 51, page 208, first col- 
umn, I noticed a piece, headed, " Lead us not into 
temptation," on which I want to offer a few 
thoughts. I do not claim to thoroughly under- 
stand it, but I do not understand it as the writer of 
the article. He renders it, " Suffer us not to be led 
into temptation." I claim the Lord will suffer his 
children to be led into temptation, by Satan, to 
prove them. Turn to Job 1: 12, "And the Lord 
said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy 
power." Job 2: 6. "And the Lord said unto Sa- 
tan, Behold, he is in thine hand." If the Lord suf- 
fered his faithful to be tempted then, why not his 
children now? Notice Matt. 4: 1. "Then was Je- 
sus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to he 
tempted of the devil. Here Christ was led into 
temptation. What was this for, if not as an exam- 
ple for us? We would not be good workers in the 
vineyard of the Lord if not tempted. The Apostle 
James says, " Blessed is the man that endureth 
temptation." James 1: 12. 

Paul says, " For in that he himself hath suffered, 
being tempted." Heb. 2: 18; also read Heb. 4: 15. 

I do not think to be " led into temptation " 
means to give way to that temptation. It means 
simply that we are tested. The Apostle, in 1 Cor. 
10: 13, says, " There hath no temptation taken you, 
but such as is common to man, and he will not suf- 
fer us to be tempted above that we are able." We 
may sometimes think it is more than we can bear, 
but this is because we do not put our entire trust 
in our Redeemer. 

Eglon, IV. Va. 



" Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not 
known me, Philip?" — John 14: 9. 

This language of our Savior, to one of his chosen 
disciples, suggests three prominent thoughts: 

1. The possibility of being a professed follower 
of Jesus and yet not knoiving him. 

2. The change that an intimate acquaintance 
with him will necessarily bring about. 

3. The effect this will have on the world. The 
first question, then, that arises for each one to an- 
swer is, Am I acquainted with Jesus? Have I 
been with him as a professed follower for a long 
time (years perhaps) and yet do not know him? 
How much of the time do I spend in his divine 
company, talking to him and studying his holy 
Word? How many hours out of the twenty-four 
do I spend in sweet communion with him? Are 
his love, his commands and his work the first ob- 
ject of our lives? Which do we love the more and 
work the harder for,— Christ or the world? Hear 

January II, 18 


what he says: « If any man love the world, the 
love of the Father is not in him." Methinks wh 
our blessed Master addressed Philip, he may also 
have said, " Philip, did you not come when I re- 
quested you to follow me? Did you not even 
preach my name, and call sinners to repentance? 
ble that you have been with me all this 
: seen my deeds of love, have heard my 
jracious words and have seen my power mani- 
fested and yet have not known me, and recognized 
:he Father in me, Philip?" 
The question again suggests itself quite forci- 


'ith Je 



ny associa 
life? Th< 

sly, How well am I acquainted 
second thought then com 
him, what preceptible change will tl 
me? Will it not change my appearan 
versation, my actions, my desires, and 
tions? Will it not change my whoh 
Apostle Paul says, "Therefore if any man be 
Christ he is a new creature: old things have passed 
away; and behold, all things have become new." 
2 Cor. 5: 17. Again, "Wherefore come out from 
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, 
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will re- 
ceive you." 2 Cor. 6: 17. "Having these prom- 
ises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from 
all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting ho- 
liness in the fear of God." 2 Cor. 7: 1. 

If we follow these instructions, will we not be 
preceptibly changed? We will, indeed, be new 
creatures. What does this imply? Certainly tin 
same body is here, but our desires, our aspiration; 
our appearance, our life is changed from all filthi- 
ness of the flesh and spirit. Peter say; 
then that all these things shall be dissolved, what 
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy c 
versation and godliness." 2 Pet. 3: II. "But 
he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy 
all manner of conversation." I Pet. I: 15. Ag 
he says, " But ye are a chosen generation, a royal 
priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that 
ye should show forth the praises of him who hath 
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 
1 Pet. 2: 9. 

John tells us, " Love not the world, neither th 
things that are in the world. If any man love th 
world the love of the Father is not in him." 
John 2: 15. If we know Jesus fully, will we be er 
gaged in light-minded joking and foolish talking? 
No, no. Peter says, " In all holy conversation 
godliness," — dead to the world. " For ye are 
and your life is hid with Christ in God." Col. 
When we consider these references with so many 
others, the question again arises, "How well do I 
know Jesus? " 

The third thought is, that if those of us who pro- 
fess to know and follow him will reflect the light 
that will certainly shine if Christ and the Father 
are in us, the world will become converted. 
Christ's prayer, John 17: 21, is, " that his followers 
all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in 
thee, that they also may be one in us: that the 
world may believe that thou hast sent me." 

This oneness in Christ's followers, reflecting the 
divine glory of the Father and Son in us will make 
us perfect in one. He again says, "that the world 
may know that thou hast sent me." 

In his sermon on the Mount, Matt. 5: 14-16. he 
says, " Ye are the light of the world. A city that 
is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men 
light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a 
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in 
the house. Let your light so shine before men, 
that they may see your good works, and glorify 
your Father which is in heaven." 

If, by our good works and godly life, men may 
become constrained to glorify our Father which is 
in heaven, will this not mean the conversion of the 

Our blessed Savior, in his prayer, recorded in 
John 17: 3, says, "And this is life eternal that they 
might know thee the only true God, and Jesus 
Christ whom thou hast sent." 

Kind reader, is this, then, not very important 
that those of us, who profess to be his intimate 
friends, see that we reflect the divine image of the 

Father and Son in our bodies and spirits which are 
his, and strive each day to become better acquaint- 
ed with Jesus? 
Chatham, Ohio. 


Sometimes the query arises in the mind, " 1 won- 
der if the Lord really notices all the little things 
that tire, trouble and worry me so while stemming 
the storm of life. Ah, yes, what peace it would af- 
ford if I only knew." 

Doubting heart, be still, murmur not, for he real- 
ly does notice all. If the hairs of your head are 
numbered, and each little tiny sparrow is an object 
of his care, why should not you share in his all- 
abounding love and sympathy? 

The poet asks this all-absorbing question, and by 
faith gives the true answer: 

" I wonder if He really shares 
In all my little human cares— 

This mighty King of kings! 
If He who guides through boundless space 
Each blazing planet in its place 
Can have the condescending grace 

To mind these petty things! 
Blent with each ill would come such bliss. 

That I might covet pain! 
Dear Lord, my heart hath not a doubt 
That thou dost compass me about, 

With sympathy divine, 
Thy love for me, once crucified 
Is not the love to leave my side, 
But waiteth ever to divide 

Each smallest care of mine." 
If this be true,— and who that believes his Word 
can doubt it?— we should take all our troubles to 
him as the little child seeks its mother for sympa- 
thy and help when in trouble. It is this abiding 
faith and trust in God that enables the Christian to 
endure trials and disappointments, bereavements 
and sorrows, and rest lovingly under the shadow of 
his wings, supported by his everlasting arms. 
Los Angeles, Cal. 

A writer in the Congrcgation/ilist tells of a Bap- 
tist preacher " who never searched to find a text, 
and never labored to make a plan of discourse." 
He waited until a text was impressed upon him as 
the one suitable for the occasion. Sometimes the 
last hymn before the sermon would be well-nigh 
concluded before the text came, but it always came 
in time for the sermon that followed. This case is 
not given as an example to be followed. Even a 
faithful and constant student of the Bible, as this 
man is said to have been, will find such a course 
very hazardous. A man deeply spiritual' and full 
of the Word of God may now and again deliver a 
most excellent discourse out of the fullness of his 
knowledge and experience, without special, immedi- 
ate preparation, but let thr- beginner avoid the risk 
— indeed, the certainty — of failure that such a 
course will secure for him. 



(Lesson for Jan. ,q, iSai.) 

Time.— A. D. 26. 

Place. — The wilderness of Judea, a rough, moun- 
:ainous and thinly populated district stretching 
llong the west side of the Jordan and the Dead 

Persons.— John, the people, Herod and Jesus. 

Introductory. — Eighteen years have passed 
since Jesus at the age of twelve went with his par- 
ents to the passover at Jerusalem. Quietly, in his 
humble home at Nazareth, our Lord has grown 
from boyhood to manhood. For more than four 
hundred years the voice of prophecy has been al- 
most entirely hushed. Suddenly "a young man of 
priestly lineage, clad in a mantle of skin, and hav- 
ing his home in the wilderness, stands beside the 
Jordan, proclaiming the word of the Lord." This 
is John the Baptist, the forerunner of our Lord, 
whose ministry we are now to study. 


1. He was pea/liar. "All men mused in their 
hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not." 
He was so stern and uncomprising in his words, so 
self-exacting in his life, so unlike other men in all 
things that it was a question as to whether he were 
not the Messiah. We need uncompromising preach- 
ers to-dry,— preachers whose lives and sermons are 
more unworldly than is often the case. It is a pity 
that we should have preachers who are so like the 
world in their lives and manners that it must be 
said of them that " All men muse in their hearts of 
I hem, whether they are Christians, or not." 

2. He was self forget fid. "John answered, .... 
one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose 
shoes I am not worthy to unloose." What a good 
opportunity he had, when many were ready to ac- 
cept him as the Messiah, to declare himself the 
king of the Jews and make himself a great name! 
But his mission was, not to preach himself, but to 
preach Christ. We have, in this age, too many 
Johns, whose mission seems to be to preach John, 
too few who are preaching Jesus only; too many 
preachers who arc trying to be true to themselves, 
too few whose first purpose it is to be true to their 
Lord and Christ. He who consumes twenty min- 
utes in a thirty minute sermon in telling what he 
has done for the Lord and only ten minutes in tell- 
ing what the Lord has done for him, is making him- 
self mightier than the Lord, instead of saying, with 
John, He is " mightier than I." 

3. He was candid. He preached that the Lord 
" will gather the wheat into his garner; but the 
chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable." Ac- 
cording to John's preaching the garner is a clean 
place,— a place for the wheat only. The chaff is to 
be otherwise disposed of. It is not wrong to have 
some sermons with all "garner" and no "fire un- 
quenchable," I suppose, but we should take care 
that we do not siy so little about the latter as to 
leave the impression upon the minds of the people 
that there is no such thing. It is a pity that 
preachers should be so afraid of harrowing the feel- 
ings of their hearers as to preach both wheat and 
chaff into the garner and represent heaven as the 
common receptacle for everything, both good and 
bad, when the teachings of Scripture are so plainly 
to the contrary. 


" Herod shut up John in prison," because 

he boldly denounced " all the evils which Herod 
had done." The question in John's mind was not 
whether he would suffer for what he said but wheth- 
er be ought to say it. So long as there is the ele- 
ment of evil in society it is the minister's duty to 
denoun'-e it, let the consequences be as they may. 
And so long as there is evil in society the good 
may expect to suffer unjustly, and he who never 
strikes sin vigorously enough to provoke a resent- 
ment may well question as to whether he is as ag- 
gressive in his batt'e against evil as he should be. 
Let come what will, the true servant of God must 
speak against evil in places high and low. 


I. Baptism sanctioned. While going forward faith- 
fully in the work of making disciples of his humble 
brethren, John was so highly honored as to be 
called upon to administer the rite of baptism to the 
Lord himself. Thus the Lord places his sanction 
upon this rite and teaches us that if He who is 
King of kings and Lord of lords would submit to 
the rite, it becomes no poor mortal man to regard 
it as beneath him. It was necessary to a fulfillment 
of all righteousness then; it is necessary now. 

2. Baptism bit ssed. This baptism was followed by 
the opening of heaven, the descent of the Spirit and 
the special recognition of the Father. If we would 
have heaven opened to our spiritual vision in the 
most blessed sense, receive the gift of the Holy 
Spirit and be recognized as the true children of the 
Father, members of the body of Christ, we must 
yield our spirits in repentance and our bodies in 
baptism, for " he that belicveth and is baptized 
shall be saved." James M. Neff. 

Frititdale, Ala. 


January II, 1896. 



Course of Tteticlingr. 


"Crisis ol Missions," cloth. St.04; paper 

"Lite of A. Judson," cloth, 17 cents: paper 

"Our Country," cloth, 55 cents: paper 

" Non-Such Professor," cloth 


" Miracles ol Missions," clotli. fit cents: paper 

" Memoir ot Rohert Moffat," doth, 2? cents; paper, . . 

" Cannibals ol New Guinea," cloth 

" Tile Seven Laws ol Teaching," clot! 

"Divine Enterprise ol Missions." cloth gi oc 

■I.ilcol Robert Morrison." cloth, 70 cents. 

• Do Not Say." and " Acts ol the Apostles." ch. t^-aK to cents. 

" In the Volume ol the Book." cloth. 6fi cents; paper 33 cents. 

tyPrkes, as [riven above, are lor members ol Heading Circle only 
rtbers pay regular retail price. 

Executive Committee r>r Reading Circle.— W. II. Stover. Bulsar, 
a; 11. M. Barwlck. West Alexandria. Ohio; Mrs. M. M. Stover, Waynes- 
>, Pa., Edith R. Newcomer. Waynesboro. Pa.: James M. Neff. Fruitdalc, 

DFPtCEBS of Reading Circle.— President, W. B. Stover Bulsar, Ind.; 
; Secretary, Edilh R. New- 


I all 1 



. Gutl,- 

There is a path that leads 

All others go astray,— 
Narrow hut pleasant is the road 

And Christians love the way. 
It leads straight through this world of sin, 

And dangers must he passed. 
But those who holdly walk therein 

Will come to heaven at last. 
While the hroad road where thousands go 

urn aside, I know 


To walk with s 
But le: 

i then 

t my feeble steps should slide 
Or wander from tby way, 
Lord, condescend to be my guide 
And I shall never stray. 
fftirrisburg, Pa. 




.but I 1 

,rd for 1 

tol the 

ust decrease." — John 3: 30. 
alt another when we our- 
re being exalted. It is hard for us to ex- 
virtues of another when our own virtues, 
our own work, and our own reputation are being 
held up before the gaze of an approving people. 
It is hard to conquer self. The hardest battle ev- 
er fought is the battle with self. It requires great- 
er bravery, greater determination, greater heroism, 
greater patriotism to subdue our own selfish pro- 
pensities than it does to face the enemy upon a 
hundred battlefields. But in this great battle with 
self, beads of sweat and briny tears are the blood 
we shed, the shafts of Satan are the leaden balls 
that we meet, and the rattle of musketry and the 
bursting of shells are but the sirenic whispers of 
the evil one. 

John the Baptist, possessing real humility,— the 
humility that can say, " I am not worthy to un- 
loose the latchet of his shoe," and "one Cometh 
mightier than I,"— was enabled to say, " He must 
increase, but I must decrease." His prophecy was 
true. Christ has increased from that day. We ex- 
alt him in every prayer we make. The apostles 
exalted him in all they said and did. The angels 
of heaven exalt him, for they chanted heavenly 
harmony at his carnal birth. God himself exalts 
him when he says, "This is my beloved Son in 
whom I am well pleased; hear him." But can we 
not exalt him more than we do? How? By lov- 
ing and serving his church in every capacity in 
which we are able, and by making ourselves able, 
in a multiplicity of ways, in which we are incapa- 
ble now. By taking the church into the world 
without taking the world into the church. By 
waging a ceaseless warfare with self, and letting 
our friends and neighbors and enemies see that we 
are victors. 


mean a dc 
Some tak 



ot mean self-debasement, self 
or self-abandonment. It does nol 
n-cast face before men but before God 
pride in their humility. Such is 
real humility. If we feel proud of the fact that 
look humble to an observer, we do wrong. " 
hateth a proud look," of course refers to the mie 
or cast of the countenance. Men who have all ex 
ternal appearances of humility, except a prou 
look upon the countenance, are still guilty of th 
proud look. 

It is told that at one time a pr 
minister was invited by Spurge 
pulpit one Sunday morning. Th 
wrongly felt elated at the invitation, 
time arrived, walked with proud step and proud 
looks up into the pulpit. But his mind failed to 
perform its proper functions, his words became in- 
distinct and his sentences disconnected, and lie 
was compelled to leave the pulpit in the greatest 
abjection and, as he seemed to think, disgrace. 
Mr. Spurgeon then ascended the pulpit and, turn- 
ing to the young minister, said, " Had you come up 
into the pulpit in the manner in which you went 
down, then you might have gone down as you went 
up." He might have added, "To you this is prob- 
ably your best sermon, but to your audience the 
Fruitdale, Ala. 

ling young 

vhen the 



That every one of us must give an account of 
imself is plainly taught in the Scriptures. We 
rill be held responsible for every idle word we 

onduct, but, to 
t upon 
nter the church. They 
that they are making 

did be 

speak, and not only for our own c 
a certain extent, for the influence ' 
others. Individual responsibility sh 
ly impressed upon all 
should be made to 

a contract with God, and their success in the Chris- 
tian life, as well as that of those with whom they 
are closely associated, depends a great deal on 
their influence. None can afford to act independ- 
ent of the feelings and wishes of the church, which 
we profess to love, and where we promised to live 
and labor. 

The success and purity of the church depends 
upon us individually. If every one who professes 
Christianity would exemplify it in every particu- 
lar,— be a "living epistle known and read of all 
men,"— then the church would be pure. Individu- 
al responsibility is not taught nor felt as it should 
be, and until this is the case, we cannot expect 
the church, as a body, to prosper as it should. 

Each one should feel concerned in this matter 
and not try to do anything that is inconsistent 
with the profession we have made, nor mar the 
feelings of those who are interested in our divine 

" To every man his 
cupy the same positic 
callings in life, but ot 
to the Master. Christ 
carpenter-shop, and so to-day, those who are liv- 
ing to his honor and glory, give honor and dig- 
nity to any humble sphere in life they may occupy. 
It is a mistaken idea that only the world's great 
men and women,— those who stand prominent in 
church and State,— are the noble in God's sight. 
The humblest living, perhaps, in obscurity, away 
from the gaze of a gay and applauding world, may 
be performing his duties with a greater zeal, and 
with more of that spirit which characterized the 
mission and life of Christ, than the former class. 

Individual responsibility is very much needed 
among the young people, and especially the young 
women. It should be the duty of the young 
women to discountenance evil in whatever form 
it appears. Were they to take a more decided 
stand against tobacco and tippling, there would 
be a reformation in the land. They wield a mighty 
influence and should individually labor for purity 
and holiness^in the lives of the young men who 

; no le 

not all oc- 
1 different 

seek their society. A great and important work 
is assigned to the young women of to-day and 
they should arise from their lethargy and work with 
the zeal that the cause demands. 

The thought, then, that we are not only re- 
sponsible for our life, but also for the influence 
we exert upon others, should incite us to greater 
diligence to labor for the elevation of humanity 
and for the purity and upbuilding of our own be- 
loved Brotherhood. Time is passing, and many 
golden opportunities are being sadly neglected 
with still sadder results. In the great day of set- 
tlement let it not be said of us we neglected our 
duty and failed to fill the mission given, but rather 
let us merit the plaudit, " She hath done what 
she could." 

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not in breaths; 
In feelings; not in figures on a dial; 
We should count time by heart-throbs; he most lives, 
Who thinks most, feels noblest, acts the best." 

Neivburg. Pa. 


— Every Sunday school teacher will be greatly 
helped by reading, " The Seven Laws of Teaching." 

— If you wish to read towards greater devotfon, 
read the " Non-Such Professor." 

— If you want to know what missions can do 
for the very lowest, read the " Cannibals of New 

— I notice that in the hospital some are continu- 
ally complaining, while others are well satisfied. 
The nurses, with their white caps and plain man- 
ner of dress, give the most careful attention to 
all the patients. The food is adapted to the 
physical condition of the patient, and everything 
is neat, clean and airy. All the attendants do 
their best to add to your comfort. 

— I notice, too, in the hospital, that some pa- 
tients are constantly manufacturing sympathy for 
themselves, while others suffer quietly. Those 
of the first class get little sympathy from their 
fellow-patients, while those of the second class 
get much. Some people, out of the hospital, 
would have more friends if they would not mag- 
nify their own sorrows so much. 

— The happiest person in the world always has 
something to do, and has nothing at all that he 
does not regard as entirely belonging to the Lord. 

—The silver rupee, value twenty-five to thy-ty 
cents, is the largest coin in India. There is no 
gold coin, because as soon as a native gets hold 
of a gold coin he buries it or makes it into orna- 
ments to wear, so he can keep it. Is the same not 
true of many Christians? They have fine gold in 
their new-born life, but they bury it lest they 
should lose it. With such the Lord is not well 

—Several mornings early I went to the top of 
the hospital tower, elevated a little above the 
roof, to look about and to be alone in Communion 
with God. I noticed that the higher up one gets 
the farther he can see. Then I thought of the 
fact spiritually. The higher up we are the farther 
we see, until very close to God, when we can see 
the whole suffering, sinful world, and desire, seek, 
labor, give, pray for the conversion of people, even 
in the uttermost parts of the earth. 

—If half of all our ministers, and two hundred 
more, could be at once sent to India, and counted 
with the thousand missionaries already there, each 
one would have 20,000 people to learn from his 
lips the glorious Gospel of Christ. 

—If I have no talent but a regenerated life, 
shall I hide that to keep it from the evil of the 
world? Then, whom shall I represent, in the par- 
able of the talents, when the Lord shall come? 

— In many of our large American cities may be 
found a comfortable restaurant, with Scripture texts 
on the walls and Dennett's on the front window. 
The employees hold a prayer service each morn- 
ing before opening, and the restaurants are not 
open Sundays. Well, years. ago Mr. Dennett was 
a railroad engineer, but quit the service because 

January u, 18 



he had to work on Sundays. Now he is probably 
the richest restaurant man in the world. 

— The church is like a hospital in some respects. 
They won't let a man go out of the hospital until 
he is well, and when he is well they send him out 
at once. The church has great need to send out 
no teachers but those who are well,— willing to 
stand by the church, able to defend any Gospel 
truth, and full of the Holy Ghost. And when she 
has such well ones, she ought to send them to the 
field at once. 

— One morning when the doctor was going his 
daily round, I said, "Well, doctor, tell us your 
secret." He looked seriously at me, came nearer, 
and asked, "What's that." I replied, "You are 
always cheerful and smiling." " Ah." he said, "it's 
seeing my patients get well. If they don't get 
well, you don't see a smile on my countenance." 
Now doctors are not unlike preachers. If the 
members are well,— true to the faith, full of holy 
zeal, at peace, eager to save others, charitable, 
prayerful, etc.,— the minister is sure to be happy. 
I suggest that young members stand by the min- 
isters more. Pray for them! Consult them often! 
Tell them you want to work. Present them with 
a good book sometimes. If they are needy, sur- 
prise them with a gift of a one or five dollar bill. 
They will be happier, and so will you. 

Etiropean General Hospital, Bombay, Ind. 

house, so the prophet Haggai likened their doing 
to putting their money into a bag with holes. Tin 
12: 33, "Sell that yi 

in Luke 

General Missionary Tract Department 


£. Ebv, Chairman, Booth Kansas. 

D. L. Miller, Vice-chairman and Treasurer. . . Mount Morri 3 . III. 

S. F. Sanger Bridgcwatcr. Va. 

S. R. ZUG Mastersonvillc. Pa. 

ISAAC FRANTZ ' Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 

f^-Al! money and correspondence intended lor any ot the missions un- 
der tlie General Committee, or any business connected therewith, should be 
addressed to General Missionary and Tract Committee. Mount 
Morris, 111. (Galen B. Rover, Secretary.) 


What shall it profit me by and by? 

What shall it profit me then? 
If by my toil the whole world I should gain, 
Spending my strength on its treasures vain, 
Trusting not him who for sinners was slain, 

What will it profit me then? 

What shall it profit me by and by? 

What shall it profit me then? 
If in a world of enjoyment and show, 
Or in the path of its pleasures I go, 
Seeking not, — caring not, — Jesus to know, — 

What shall it profit me then? 

Naught will it profit me by and by- 
Naught will it profit me then; 
After a life of much sorrow and woe; 
Down to the place of Despair I must go; 
Ever and ever its torments to know, — 

Naught will it profit me then. 

What will it profit me by and by? 

What will it profit me then? 
If I renounce all my idols to-day, 
Walk with my Lord in the heavenly way, 
Love him, and serve him, and trust him alway,— 

What will it profit me then? 

Much will it profit me by and by; 
Much will it profit me then: 
I shall be robed in a garment all white, 
Dwell in the mansions of glory and light, 
Gaze on the face of a Savior so bright- 
Much will it profit me then. 

Yes, it will profit me by and by; 

Yes, it will profit me then; 
If from the right path my feet do not stray, 
If I but follow my Savior alway — 
Then, when we meet in the great judgment day, 

Oh, it will profit me then! 



In Haggai r. 6, latter clause, we read, "And he 
that earneth wages, earneth wages to put it into a 
bag with holes " In the time of King Danus the 
people were very worldly, and spent their wages 
foolishly, instead of helping to build up the Lord s 

yourselves bags which 

heavens that faileth 

2S, neither moth cor- 

word " bag " is fo 
have, and give alms; 
wax not old, a treasu 
not, where no thief a 
rupteth " 

Many servants of God are now striving to bring 
souls into the kingdom, and we are made to re- 
joice that so many are coming, but to those who 
still grieve the Holy Spirit, I would say, "Consider 
your ways," come out on the Lord's side like all 
the people did in Haggai's time, when "they came 
and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts, 
their God." May we all prove faithful to our bap- 
tismal vows! To all Christian workers at home 
or abroad I would say, " Be not weary in well do- 
ing, for in due time we shall reap if we faint not." 

Middletown, Pa , Dec. j. 


Last week the doctor suggested that I go to the 
Convalescent's Home at Khandalla. 1 told him I 
had not thought it necessary to do so. A day or 
two later he said, " Now, Mr. Stover, I urgently 
recommend you to go to Khandalla. If you return 
to your work as you are, you will soon come to us 
again with fever: but you are not in need of hos- 
pital treatment any longer." So I yielded to his 

Khandalla is a hill station about seventy miles 
from Bombay. It is quite cool and autumn-like 
here, being about 2,000 feet in elevation. I 
write a description of the trip from Bombay to 
Khandalla up the ghauts or mountain passes, 
the Visitor. 

I have arranged to remain here ten days. Then, 
Providence permitting, I wish to return to Bombay 
and meet Bro. D. L. and sister Miller, and tak 
them to our humble Bulsar home. How glad w 
will be to receive them! How glad we will be that 
I, too, can return to Bulsar, where we lived 
worked together, it seems, O, so long ago! From 
any further illness and prolonged delays in 
much-loved work, O Lord, deliver us! 
% # * 

Twenty-five cents a year ought surely to put a 
monthly missionary journal into every Christian 
home in the land. If our Fraternity owned one 
such, it seems to me there would be a splendid op 
portunity for some live young members to do a bit 
of mission work. Get a big list of subscrib 
Members and not-members would easily subsci 
for such a paper at such a price, if the matter 
would be properly presented to them. I said " If.' 
Well, well! Thank the Lord! We have just such 
a paper. It is the Missionary Visitor. 

I remember with pleasure a bargain my father 
used to have with me as a boy before he was call" J 
home. It was this: As soon as I would read 
book through twice, it was my book, and he wou 
get me another on the same conditions. As the 
holidays are approaching, and will be past by 
the time this reaches the faithful readers of th 
Messenger, we wonder just a little how many 
of the dear brethren and sisters will give pres- 
ents that can not help doing more harm than 
good. Can a Christian who is infilled with the 
Holy Spirit give presents that will do more harm 
than good? A good test can be made by the pres- 
ents we give. 

I thank the Lord that I am one of the common 
people, and that among such I was born, Here at 
Khandalla, in the Home, I am in the general ward. 
There are private wards also, at two and a half 
times the price of the general ward. Some "gen- 
tlemen " are at present in these private wards. We 
cannot avoid hearing their conversation some- 
times. It seems these "gentlemen" know a little 

of college life and have rich parents, but if they 
1 compelled to make a living for themselves, I 
think they would go many a day hungry. They 
look with disdain upon the class of people who oc- 
py the general ward. "Too common." "Not 
proper gentlemen." Poor fellows, their " gentle- 
ly excellence" is their weaknessl How I pity 
them in their " vewy pwoper depowtment." The 
Lord looketh upon the heart and knoweth all. 
Convalescent's Home, Khandalla, Nov. 29. 


Dr. J. O. Peck, a wide-awake Methodist preach- 
er, believes in having every family in his charge 
take the church paper. He holds, that to keep 
members interested in church matters they must 
be induced to read the church news and keep 
posted on the doctrine and movements of the 
church. Here is a part of what he says about his 
method. It may help a few of our elders and 
preachers to think and act: 

1. I took the paper into the pulpit. I opened 
it wide and showed it to the people, I expatiated 
upon its beauties, its benefits, its departments, its 
necessity to any member who would be an intelli- 
gent Methodist and know the current history of 
his church. I warmed with my theme and exhort- 
ed. I appealed to their loyalty. I excoriated the 
disloyalty that dropped the church papers and 
took outside papers, especially if they were cheap. 
I told of the bread they were taking out of the 
mouth of hungYy superannuates, widows, and or- 
phans of our church, to put money into the coffers 
of outside publishers. I portrayed the fact that 
the paper was worth five cents a week, — all it 
costs, — to any family in the prepared exposition 
of the Sunday school lesson. I swept the whole 
keyboard of incentives to take the paper. Then 
when the iron had been made hot by striking, I 
struck to weld it by taking subscriptions on the 
spot/ I got all I could on Sunday as a religious 
work. I used blank cards often in the pews. I 
nailed their ears to the paper with a pencil. 

2. I followed up this bombardment from the 
pulpit by a renewed attack at closer range in the 
prayer meeting. I repeated the effort in the 
prayer meeting at intervals. I always gained some 
at the close of a warm prayer meeting. 

3. I next put a clean copy of the paper in my 
pocket, and started on my pastoral visitation each 
afternoon. By this time 1 had made a list of all 
who ought to take the paper, but had not sub- 
scribed. With this list and the paper in my 
pocket, I began sharp-shooting at close range. 
I went to the house, the store, the shop, the facto- 
ry. I pulled out my paper and my list. I sub- 
mitted the question. Most surrendered at once 
when thus individually appealed to. The few that 
hesitated I stayed with till they " saw a great 
light" and subscribed. Only here and there an 
obtuse or stingy soul escaped. 

4. There were always a few poor people who 
could not afford to take the paper. On Christmas 
or New Year's I would state this fact to the pub- 
lic congregation, and ask the well-to-do to send 
a Christmas or New Year's gift to these poor that 
would come every week in the year. This always 
met with a quick response. 

5. At the close of the revival each year I ap- 
pealed to all new converts to take a church paper. 
I explained the benefit, and urged on them the 
duty of taking a church paper. 

" Here is a whole sermon in a sentence, by Han- 
nah Moore: 'He who cannot find time to consult 
his Bible will one day find that he has time to be 
sick; he who has no time to pray must find time to 
die; he who can find no time to reflect is more 
likely to find time to sin; he who cannot find time 
for repentance will find an eternity in which re- 
pentance will be of no avail; he who cannot find 
time to work for others may find an eternity in 
which to suffer f~- t*:™"" " 


January II, 18 

The Gospel Messenger, 

FBtluiea WeeHy, at J1.E0 por Annum, ly 

The Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mount Morris, Illinois. 

D. L. Miller, Mount Morris, 111., ) „ .. 

H. B. Brumbaugh, Huntingdon, Pa., J ° ' 

J. H. Moore Office Editor. 

Joseph AMICK Business Manager. 

Enoch Eby. D.ina-I Hays. W. K. Doctor. 

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Mount Morris, III.. January 

Bro. Daniel Vaniman is now engaged in a series 
of meetings at New Enterprise, Pa. 

The Brethren have built a new house of worship 
in Morrill, Kans. It was dedicated a few weeks 

Seven additions are reported in the Duncansville 
church, Ta., as the result of a late series of meet- 

Near the close of December, eight applied for 
tembership in the Saugerville church, Virginia, 
ind were baptized. 

Six were recently baptized in the Glen River 
church, Nebraska. There were also two applicants 
and one restored to fellowship. 

A letter from Bro. D. L. M 
is safe arrival in India, from which pi 
ommunicate some interesting letters. 



Bro. J. M. Mohlek, of Lewistown, Pa., com- 
menced a series of meetings at Flora, Ind., Jan. 2, 
expecting to continue for some weeks. 

Until further notice, Bro. b. N. McCann should 
be addressed at New York Ila'.l, Louisville, Ky. 
He says he is promised all the work he can do un- 
til the coming fall. 

Some of the churches that are keeping up their 
Sunday schools for the first time this winter, re- 
port a better attendance than during the summer 
months. There ought to be more winter Sundav 

The New York Independent lot Jan. 2 is a most 
important issue, as it contains nearly forty articles 
by as many different writers, giving a brief account 
of the work and condition of the various denomi- 
nations. In the report our own people are not 

A number of ministers are with us this week, and 
among them Bro. L. W. Teeter, who is teaching a 
class in doctrine during the Special Bible Term. 
We only wish we could spare the time to be with 
them more, but we dare not neglect our work on 
the Messenger. 

On page 808, in No. 51, of last volume, are two 
mistakes to which Bro. C. H. Brown calls our at- 
tention. In the first column the meeting men- 
tioned at Navarre. Kans., where there were eight 
accessions, should have been credited to Monitor. 
In the third column the meetings mentioned in 
connection with Bro. J. E. Young's work were held 
in the Chapman Creek church. 

By authority of the General Mission Board we 
are instructed to say that all money for the Chil- 
dren's Mission in Chicago, must invariably be ad- 
dressed to sister Lizzie B. Howe, 183 Hastings 
Street, who will account to the Board for all the 
money received. 

Never before, in the history of the paper, have 
we received so many encouraging letters from our 
patrons. We would like to publish some of them, 
but our pages are so well filled with other interest- 
ing matter that we can do no more than thank one 
and all for their words of cheer, trusting that this 

ay be the happiest ye 

af the 

We arc asked to state whether the Brethren per- 
mit Sunday school officials to go to law? It has 
long been rulable among our people not to allow 
any of her members to enter suit against an out- 
sider without first counseling the church. This not 
only applies to Sunday school officers, but to all 
the members alike. As for members 'going to law 
with each other, it is not permitted under any cir- 
cumstances, and those who violate these rules 
should be called to account. 

A brother and his wife in Virginia, celebrated 
their twenty-fifth marriage anniversary by sending 
a draft for Sioo for the Asia Minor Mission. He 
says in his letter, " I remember about the time I 
joined the church, of a piece being published in 
one of our periodicals, written by a working, vener- 
ated, but now departed brother, in which he ex- 
pressed the thought that the Gospel was first pro- 
claimed in the East and had traveled West. Now 
it was not our duty to carry it back. It caused me 
to think seriously, and often, in so doing. I could 
not accept it from the Bible standpoint. The Gos- 
pel is to be preached to every creature as a witness 
before the end comes. If their forefathers for- 
feited their high privilege, that is no reason their 
children should be deprived of the Gospel."-— Mis- 
sionary Visitor. 

/'Some of those who are reading Bro. S. N. Mc- 
Cann's series of articles, now appearing in the 
Messenger, will, in the first chapters, find asser- 
tions that, taken alone, do not seem to accord with 
the teaching of the New Testament, as understood 
by the Brethren. We suggest that our readers 
withhold judgment until the series is completed, 
and by that time they may see proper to form an 
opinion entirely different from the one they would 
be compelled to form at this stage of the investi- 
gation. It will require over three months to 
complete the series, and during that period ample 
time will be given to form a correct opinion. Bro. 
McCann's object in writing these articles is to 
show that the doctrine of eternal election is false 
and that the Gospel commands are obligatory upon 
all those seeking release from condemnation and 
ultimate happiness in the life to come. Those who 
will not read his articles with the utmost care will 
hardly get his meaning. 


In one of his sermons in The Pulpit, Lyman Ab- 
bott says: " The greatest judge that I ever person- 
ally knew, one of the most eminent members of the 
judiciary that this State has ever witnessed, rarely 
cited an authority, and I do not think he knew 
many— that is, not by volume and page. The prin- 
ciples of law had been wrought into hi 
ed the great questions submitted to h 
to principles which had become 
dicial nature, but he 

Here is found the secret of success and greatness. 
Principles must become a part of our make-up, and 
to them we may appeal for guidance in the de- 
cisions we are called upon to render. It is well to 
read and master the authorities intended for our in- 
struction, but we should not stop there. We must 
get down to the underlying principles of these au- 
thorities and make them our own. This demands 

he decid- 
part of his ju- 
i very rarely overruled." 

years of hard study, much reading, and a great 
amount of patience, but it is well worth all our ef- 

We are forcibly reminded of this when we see 
our elders carrying the Brethren's Book of Minutes 
into all of their council-meetings. These Minutes 
are good and even proper in their place, but he 
who undertakes to govern a church according to 
them should first master the principles on which 
the decisions of the Annual Council rest. He 
should make them a part of his make-up, and then 
he can appeal to the principles instead of citing the 
Minutes themselves. Thousands of people may not 
have any confidence in the decisions of a Confer- 
ence, but they must and will respect the principles 
underlying such decisions. To turn to the Minutes 
and read what the Annual Meeting has decided on 
this, that, and the other question, is no difficult 
task, but to go beyond the Minutes, to the very 
foundation on which the decisions rest, and clearly 
set these principles before the church, requires 
work and study. To follow the former course de- 
notes weakness, but to employ the latter method 
successfully is an indication of strength. 

It is right as well as wise for all of our house- 
keepers to understand and duly respect the Min- 
utes of our Annual Meeting from year to year. 
But they ought not to stop at this point; they 
should endeavor to discover and master the princi- 
ples on which the Minutes are predicated and make 
these principles a part of themselves. Then they 
will be in a condition to decide questions right and 
wisely. All of these principles are, or should be, 
forcibly set forth in the Scriptures, and to under- 
stand them well is to understand the New Testa- 
ment thoroughly. If our people understood these 
principles as they should be understood by an en- 
lightened body of Christians, we would probably 
have little or no use for the Minutes. But for the 
want of this understanding hundreds of decisions 
have been found necessary, and we now urge, that, 
while duly respecting the Minutes, as the Confer- 
ence intended they should be respected, let us en- 
deavor to get down to and back to these fundamen- 
tal principles, master them well that they may 
become a part of our mental, moral, and spiritual 
make-up. Our mission on the earth will never be 
made an unquestionable success until this is ac- 
complished. The Minutes we can generally leave 
in our libraries, but the principles back of them we 
should carry in our heads, in our hearts and in our 
souls. And though the wording of the decision 
may be forgotten, the principles will always re- 
main with us, and be a part of us. j. h. m. 


When John, the Revelator, addressed " the angel 
of the church at Ephesus," and "the angel of the 
church at Smyrna," etc., he doubtless had in mind 
the bishops or elders who presided over these 
churches and had the care of the flock. In Acts 
20: 28 these elders are spoken of as having been 
made overseers by the Holy Ghost. We wonder 
how many elders have seriously accepted their ap- 
pointment as from the Holy Ghost? If they have 
not, they most assuredly fail to magnify their office 
as God intends they should. He who feels and 
knows that he presides over a congregation by 
authority of the Holy Spirit will first take heed 
unto himself, that he may be prepared to properly 
care for the flock as the Great Shepherd of the 
sheep has directed. He will not think more highly 
of himself as an elder than a man of prudence and 
meekness ought to think. He will not attempt to " 
lord it over God's heritage, for he realizes that he 
is an under shepherd, that the sheep are not his 
own, that they have been turned over to him by 
number, and that, in the final day of reckoning, he 

January II, 18 


must render to the Judge of all the earth an ac- 
count of each sheep, as well as each lamb, entrust- 
ed to him. All through life he will be concerned 
to know whether, at the close of his labors, he can 
pray to his Father, as did Jesus, and say: "Those 
that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them 
is lost, but the son of perdition." John 17: 12. 
He will be too much concerned about the feeding 
and care of his Master's sheep to neglect his duty 
for any earthly consideration. 

By the Revelator. as noticed above, each elde 
or bishop is called "the angel." We again wonde 
how many have seriously taken this thought to 
themselves, and can feel that they are angels 
siding over the churches. Could they realize 
as they should, probably many of them would act 
' more like angels and less like selfish and si 
men. Fortunate, indeed, would be the affair 
the kingdom on earth if the members of each 
church could, with confidence, look upon their 
elder as " the angel of the church," and then real 
that he is made overseer by the Holy Ghost. Th< 
how wise it would seem if each elder would so live 
as to impress all the people, as well as the mem- 
bers of his own flock, with the thought that he 
the divinely-appointed "angel of the church" c 
God, and is entrusted with the care of soul 
Could the masses be thus impressed we .would see 
ten converted to where there is one at the present 
time. J. H. M 


On page 844 of the Messenger for 1895, two 
weeks ago, Bro. Enoch Eby called the attentiot 
our readers to two points that we had intended to 
notice, but could not do so for the want of spaci 
until now. He thinks there are too many call 
coming up to the Annual Meeting for committees 
to settle local troubles. We have long thought 
too, and do not see why these difficulties may not 
be satisfactorily settled in the State Districts where 
they occur. There is certainly wisdom enough 
any State District to dispose of matters demanding 
committees. Furthermore, why not have more of 
these troubles disposed of by arbitration, and then 
the parties involved may have the privilege of 
selecting just as able brethren as they feel disposed 
to name, provided they are willing to pay their 
expenses. We are in favor of doing all that is 
reasonable to discourage this growing practice of 
sending committees from the Annual Meeting. 
We have not had much experience on the Standing 
Committee, but we have had enough to know that 
the elders at most any District Meeting can 
appoint about as good a committee as those ap- 
pointed by the Standing Committee. 

The other point relates to sending more queries 
to the Annual Meeting. Bro. Eby thinks we have 
enough to govern the whole world. Most assured- 
ly we have enough, and on some subjects probably 
far too many. The Minutes are designed to aid 
us in understanding and applying Gospel princi- 
ples, and if our people would study these princi- 
ples more, they would soon find little or no use for 
any additional Minutes. Let us all see how few 
queries we can send in to the coming Annual 
Meeting, and endeavor to give more attention to 
the departments of work pertaining to the preach- 
ing of the Gospel to all the world, and developing 
a higher order of Christian character among the 
members of our Fraternity! It seems to us that 
we have some grand work before us and ought to 
give it all of the attention possible. We have had 
Minutes enough to unify us. We are united in 
our doctrine, more so, perhaps, than any other body 
of people on earth, and now let us, with the Bible 
our rule of faith and practice, push out into 
the world and endeavor to convert the people! 
We have the doctrine and Jesus on our side, and 
what more do we want? }■ H - M ' 


Number Two. 


Our awakening at Jaffa dispelled all hopes of the 
smooth landing which we had reason to expect 
when we went below the evening before. The 
sound of the waves as they broke against the sides 
of the ship was ominous, and when we went on 
deck and saw how the small boats, that were 
coming from the shore, were tossed by the waves 
we said, " The sea at Jaffa keeps up its old-time 
Jonah-like reputation." By the time we were 
ready to go ashore the sea was quite rough enough 
to set sensitive nerves in a tremble. 

It was the fifth time we had landed and em- 
barked at Jaffa, and we took some comfort 
fact that the sea was not quite so rough as it was 
twelve years ago when we landed here the first 
time, or as when Bro. Lahman was with us two 
years ago last March. Our old dragoman, Bernard 
Heilpern, who traveled with us through Palestine, 
was among the first to come aboard the ship, anc 
he gave us a hearty welcome to the Holy Land 
again. Many of our readers will no doubt recall 
the account we gave of the brave Arab boatman 
Sulleiman, when we were here before— how ht 
saved a large number of lives and was afterwards 
through envy, cast into prison They will reioice 
with us to know that the brave fellow has regain 
his liberty and is in charge of his boat again. 

With the usual amount of noise and c .infusion 
for the Arab does nothing without confusion a 
noise, whether it be the changing of a half piaster 
or the landing of a boatload of passengei 
trunks and grips were taken down and pi 
the boat at the imminent risk, we thought, of be- 
ing thrown into the sea, but they were safely 
stowed away. Then we went down the sw 
stair-like ladder waiting at the foot, until the boat 
came up on a rising wave, and then 
other, we found ourselves seated in the stern. We 
both needed and used the strong arms of the Arab 
boatman to help us to a seat. Tossed about by 
the troubled sea, the spray flying at times over tl 
prow of the boat, we were at last carried on tl 
crest of a wave through the narrow opening in tl 
rocks into calm water, and were soon safe on shor 
A few days after we landed, Mr. Rolla Floyd, : 
American, who has lived in Palestine about thirty 
years, and who has taken many tourists throug 
the country, had taken a party of travelers to 
ship, and, in trying to regain the shore, the sea b 
ing very rough, the boat was thrown on the rocks 
and broken to pieces. Mr. Floyd was badly in- 
jured but was rescued from drowning by the boat- 
men who are all good swimmers. Over against 
our rough landing should be placed the smooth 
sea when we embarked for Egypt on our way to 
India, Oct. u,'95- For once we enjoyed a smooth 
sea at Jaffa, and are happy to record the fact in 
these gleanings. 

Here at Jaffa, twelve years ago, we raised an 
Ebenezer. And now again, as twice before, we 
knelt down and reverently thanked God for his 
wonderful goodness to us. We said, " Hitherto 
hath the Lord helped us," and surely we may trust 
him for all that is to come to us; whether it 
be prosperity or adversity, sickness or health, life 
or death, all will be well, for his mercy endureth 

The changes which have taken place in Pales- 
tine since we visited it the first time, are many and 
marked. This is not only true of Jaffa, but of Je- 
rusalem, and many other places, as well. Indeed, 
the old Palestine with its ancient Bible customs 
is rapidly passing away, and before many years 
more shall come and go, the Holy Land will be 
modernized. One of the important factors injhese 
changes is the introduction of the railway.^Al- 

ready two lines are in operation.— one from Jaffa 
to Jerusalem, and the other from Beirut to Da- 
mascus, while a third has been partially con- 
structed from Caifa, at the foot of Carmel, to Naz- 
areth. When the contemplated lines are com- 
pleted, Jerusalem will be in direct railway commu- 
nication with Damascus. As these changes take 
place, Palestine loses more and more its chief 
charm. This is to be regretted in one way, yet it 
brings joy to the Christian heart when he remem- 
bers that alj these changes are in the line of the 
fulfillment of prophecy, and in these are to be 
found evidences that 'the coming of the Lord is 
near at hand. Even now we may " learn a parable 
of the fig tree; when its branch is yet tender, and 
putteth forth leaves, ye know that the summer is 

The chief mode of conveyance between Jaffa and 
Jerusalem in years gone by, were horses, camels 
and donkeys. Then a guard of soldiers was nec- 
essary, for the road was infested with robbers, and 
many a pilgrim was stripped and left wounded by 
the way. Later a wagon road was constructed and 
the journey of forty-one miles could be made with 
some degree of comfort. Now all this is changed. 
You take your seat in comfortable cars at Jaffa, 
drawn by American locomotives, and are whirled 
over the plain of Sharon and across the Valley of 
Ajalon and up the hills of Judea, and in four 
hours you have traveled the entire length of the 
railway, fifty-two miles, and are in Jerusalem. 

Leaving Jaffa the road crosses the plain of Shar- 
on, now brown and sere, for no rain has fallen for 
six or seven months. We notice a number of vil- 
lage threshing floors as we pass along. The farmer 
with his fan [shovel] in his hand still cleanses his 
floor and gathers his wheat into his garner as of 
old. Here, close by the roadside, is a miniature 
threshing floor where the gleaners have threshed 
their scanty store. As soon as the last sheaf is 
gathered, the field is free for the gleaners, and as 
in the day of Boaz and Ruth, so now the glean- 
ers gather up what is left by the reapers. 

The train now stops at Lydda, the first station 
after leaving Jaffa. The place is noted for its 
large olive orchards, the finest in Palestine. Here 
it was that Peter healed the palsy-stricken Eneas, 
and was then called in great haste to comfort saints 
at Jaffa who were in deep mourning on account of 
the death of Dorcas. 

At Lydda, a Turkish Effendi (an officer of rank), 
brought his harem, or family, on board the cars. 
There were four wives and a number of small chil- 

after r 

were all closely 
nfusion placed in 


ment designed for them 
the centre of the cars, 
four compartments with 
other. We were seated 
to that occupied by th 

An aisle runs through 
which is separated into 
doors opening into each 
n the compartment next 
: ladies of the harem. 

When the conductor came through for the tickets 
he gave a signal by pounding on the door with his 
ticket punch. Waiting a few moments he opened 
the door to pass through, when there was a gen- 
eral scream among the Turkish women and the 
door was closed with much violence. The women 
had uncovered their faces and felt greatly outraged 
to be seen by the conductor; he was compelled to 
wait in our compartment until the women had ad- 
justed their veils, and was then admitted. Ibra- 
hine, the husband, to whom we were introduced 
by Mr. Heilpern, sat in the compartment with his 

lie friends and spent the time in smoking. 

Leaving Lydda, the road passes by Gezer, still 
retaining its ancient name. It was a wedding pres- 
ent to King Solomon's Egyptian wife from her fa- 
.* She brought the wise King not only many 
rich presents, but idolatry as well, and was the 

, Kings o: 16. _ 



January II, 18 

primary cause of his fall and the loss of the king- 
dom to his family. Both before and since the 
days of Solomon have men and women been led 
into sin by being yoked with unbelievers. 

The road passes now over a portion of country 
rich in Bible association. Yonder is Gimzo which 
the Philistines wrested from the weak, idolatrous 
King Ahaz. He put his trust in Tiglath Pileser, 
the Assyrian, but received no help from his father's 
ally. The Philistine took from him six cities and 
their villages located in the low country south of 
Judea, the plain over which the road pa'sses, among 
which were Gimzo, Ajalon apd Beth-shemesh* 

It was to the same Beth-shemesh that the Ark 
of the Covenant was taken by the kine. The Ark 
after its capture by the Philistines had been carried 
to Ashdod. But it proved an unwelcome visitor, 
and much to the consternation of the inhabitants 
of Ekronf it was sent to them. This was all 
brought forcibly to mind as we passed by Ekron 
and read the account over again in the Bible. The 
railway follows the course taken by the two milch 
kine with the cart and the ark of the Lord, for 
they " went along the highway lowing as they 
went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to 
the left.J until they came to Beth-shemesh. To 
the right of the road, as we go up to Jerusalem, is 
the site of the ancient city, and yonder in the val- 
ley is the very spot where " they of Beth-shemesh 
were reaping their wheat ^harvest . . . and they 
lifted up their eyes, and saw the ark, and rejoiced 
to see it." § Their rejoicing, however, was of short 
duration. Curiosity led them to look into the sa- 
cred chest and they paid dearly for their violation 
of the law. They were doubtless as glad to give 
the ark to the men of Kirjath-jearim as they had 
been in the first place to receive it from the Phi- 

The birth-place of Samson, Zorah, is passed to 
the left, now noticeable on account of the white- 
washed tombs, visible from the railway as we pass 
by. We were informed that these tombs are care- 
fully whitewashed every two or three years, and 
here we have a practical illustration of the Savior's 
words to the Pharisees: "Ye are like unto whited 
sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, 
but are within full of dead men's bones and of all 
uncleanness." || But these are not the only whited 
tombs in Palestine. They are to be seen at many 
places. Still farther up the valley Etame is passed, 
and a cave in the top of the rock is pointed out 
where, tradition says, Samson hid from the Phi- 
listines, after he had " smote them hip and thigh 
with a great slaughter. It is interesting to read 
these Bible events where they occurred so long 
ago. But while we have been reading and medi- 
tating, the train enters the Valley of Rephaim, and 
we are at Jerusalem again. Mr. Gelat, our host of 
the new hotel, meets us at the depot, and we are 
soon comfortably lodged at our Jerusalem home. 
D. L. M. 

•iChron. 28: 18. 
1 1 Sam. 5: 10. 

}i Sara. 6: 12. 
§1 Sam. 6: 13. 

]| Matt. 23: 27. 

— /■ HOME * AND * FAMILY *— • 


God pity the motherless children, 

Wherever we chance to meet — 
The curled and the petted darlings, 

Or the waifs that drift in the street. 
Sorrow is bitter enough for the old: 

O pity young hearts when they ache, 
For love is the sun that should circle each one 

When life's dawn is beginning to break. 
God pity the helpless children 

Who never dare lift their eyes 
Or voices to plead, though their hearts may bleed, 

Except to the pitying skies. 
Who cringe from the sting of a word or a blow, 

Where merciless justice stands, 
Till 1 long to gather them all in my arms, 

And soothe with love's pitying hands. 
O shelter the motherless children, 

They are bearing life's heaviest cross! 
No love is so sweet to the bruised little feet, 

No lo: 


For the love of a mother is nearest Christ's love, 

Redeeming, forgiving as few, 
Unchanging always, and unfailing for aye, 

As infinite as it is true. 
God pity the motherless children! 

O if love were not selfish to-day, 
We would hush every cry that is wafted on high, 
1 the orphans that throng i 



, little hands, 

uld cheer little 

As motherhood blesses and chari 
Ve would gather them in from sor 
As Christ folded them into His a 



"The Journal of Hygiene points out the signifi- 
cant fact that nature has made special provision 
for the nutrition of the brain, and that long after 
decay has set in in other organs, through lack of 
food supply, the brain receives its full sustenance. 
The brain does not, in normal conditions, grow 
old. By riotous living a man may shatter his sys- 
tem and become an imbecile, but with proper care, 
the older a man grows in years the stronger he 
should grow in mind, and when death claims his 
body he should have full possession of his mental 
faculties. In many cases we have seen this so. 
Give the soul a well-kept instrument, and at ninety 
he will play a sweeter melody than he ever could 
before. The soul is eternally young." 

It seems to me that those who study his life and 
character the most find in them the fact that it is 
not on the height of a supposed final summit of per- 
fection that we find the laurels of a completed vir- 
tue, but that in the dust of the highway, where the 
struggling and helpless are found, is the nearest 
the life work that he would have us do, and where 
he would first search for his workers if he knew not 
where they were. 

If this should meet the eye of those who have 
sought the unattainable in the midst of their daily 
grind of life's drudgery, let them take heart, for 
they are where Christ is, though their eyes may not 
see him, and their ears not hear his voice. When 
the work is finished, and the hands are folded over 
the breast of the empty house in which we lived, 
with bettered vision we will see that what gave us 
sweep of wing and depth of understanding was not 
the attainment of great things while in life tern- - 
poral, but how well we did the little things in the 
lines along which our life was cast. 

Lewisburgh, Pa. 



Can a person so adjust himself in his relations to 
life as to not commit sin? This is a question that 
is variously answered, those who have tried it dif- 
fering in their findings Personally the writer 
thinks it impossible, and his belief is based on his 
failure. This, by no means, invalidates the experi- 
ence or discredits the statements of those who 
profess success. It is the standard from which 
we measure that we may honestly differ as to 
results. The pauper who dies in an almshouse 
doubtless thinks the man who started with noth- 
ing and won ten thousand dollars has succeed- 
ed admirably, while the millionaire regards the 
acquisition as a mere bagatelle. The two look at 
the same thing from very different angles of view, 
and they see differently. 

It is, perhaps, the experience of thousands that 
that they have honestly tried to attain a degree of 
morality and a height of spirituality that leaves no 
more higher peak to be climbed, and it is equally 
true that in the majority of instances where there is 
a normally healthy vision scaling what appears to 
be the highest summit, only discloses higher ones 
in the distance. Yet, while all such have failed of 
entire success they have also succeeded, and this 
apparent paradox is explained in the truth that 
God certainly judges us by our motive in our 
earnest life acts, and that we have honestly tried is 
enough for him. In all ages of the world the 
heroes of the life spiritual have been the lowliest, 
and the knighthood of Christian character has been 
oftenest conferred on the humblest in the after 
judgment of the world. God's judgment is not 
less impartial than that of man, and it is instant in 
its perception. 

I believe that if it were possible to enter the 
domain of heart and thought with an eye and ear 
fitted to them, as those we now possess are adapted 
to our material surroundings, we would see Christ 
in the midst of the struggling failures at the foot of 
the hill, and not at the top of the mountain. 
Viewed from a purely material point the life of 
Christ was a failure of the worst kind. He started 
out with a high mission, and after three short years 
of trial and misrepresentation, was apprehended, 
beaten, tried, and put to death. A week after the 
crucifixion there was nothing more apparently 
hopeless than the cause of Christ. But God has 
plenty of time, and now, after nearly two thousand 
years, it has girdled the earth. 

No. 51 Messenger is exceptionally rich in ag- 
gressive and elevating thought. I have for many 
years been devoted to the Christian nurture of chil- 
dren and youth, and my conviction is continually 
deepening that in nothing have we so far lapsed 
out of the divine idea as in the genesis and evolu- 
tion of life. To place our origin in the category of 
redemption, and in it be co-operative with the 
Holy Spirit in realizing the divine purpose in 
Christ, seems so Utopian to most people that they 
cannot bear the mention of it. Yet the divine in- 
carnation is not more true as the ground of re- 
demption, than holy generation is a divinely- 
ordered auxiliary. In nothing can we frustrate the 
divine purpose more effectually than ignoring his 
authority in the solemn function of parentage. 

I rejoice in every indication of progress in the 
Brotherhood in relation to this momentous matter. 
The article addressed to mothers, on page 81 1, is a 
call in the line of the divine appointment. So are 
others that have recently appeared. Sunday 
schools,- children's meetings, and all organizations 
and endeavors that contemplate the unfolding of 
life in a divine environment, should be hailed with 
joy and earnest co-operation. 

Principles change not; but methods must be de- 
termined by manifold circumstances. The ••bykLh 
means " of 1 Cor. 9: 22 takes new forms in all the 
centuries. The devil-traps were never so many as 
now. Let the counter attractions of the large- 
hearted, many-sided Christ be more and mightier. 
The forms of the beauty of holiness are numberless. 
Let us reveal Christ in so many and such ravishing 
ways that "we may by all means save some." 
Union Deposit, Pa. 

" A FRUITFUL BOUOH BY A WELL."— Qen. 40: 22. 


In eastern lands wells are more numerous than in 
this country. They were enclosed by walls, so that 
branches ran over them. In the wilderness of 
Beer-sheba Hagar saw a well of water and gave her 
child a drink, for the Lord said, " I will make him 
a great nation." Gen. 21:19. In Gen. 24 we read 
that " a wife was found at a well for Isaac, whose 
servants dug four wells in the valley of Gerar." 
The first was a well of springing water. The last 
was called Rehoboth, for Isaac said, " Now the 
Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruit- 
ful in the land." Gen. 26: 22 

Our Blessed Master preached a sermon, sitting on 
the wall of a well, to the Samaritan woman. It was 
the same well Jacob gave to Joseph, where he 
foretold that "Joseph was a fruitful bough; whose 
branches ran over the wall." 

As a new year is with us again, may we, who love 
Jesus, pray that wells of water shall spring up in 

January n, 18 



our hearts! May we sow beside all waters for the 
the salvation of souls and try to spread fruitful 
boughs around the church. The prophet Isaiah 
writes, "Until the Spirit be poured upon us from 
on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field and 
the fruitful field be counted for a forest. Then 
judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and right- 
eousness remain in the fruitful field" Isa «• 
15. 16. 

"Gather the wanderers into the fold 
As the New Year opens before us. 

Jesus will bless you. 
Though but a word you may speak, 
It may sink like a seed 
Into the ground, 
From which a fruitful bough may grow," 
Middletown, Pa. 


a the churches." 

t^-Church News solicited lor this Department. If you have had a good 
meeting, send a report ol it, so that others may rejoice with you. In writing 
give name of church, county and state. Be brief. Notes of Travel should be 
as brief as possible. Land or other advertisements are not solicited for this 
department. Our advertising columns afford ample room [or that purpose. 

Prom Fruitdale, Ala. 

The work at Fruitdale, Ala., seems to be moving 
along encouragingly. A mission has been started 
four miles from here, at Escatawpa, and much in- 
terest seems to be manifested. The people are 
very kind and obliging. One thing noticeable about 
the people of the South is that they all seem to be 
"church-going" people, and there are very few un- 
believers, atheists, or infidels among them. They 
are refined in their tastes and deportment wherever 
opportunities for education are had. 

The weather is pleasant, and those who came 
here for their health do not seem to be affected by 
the winter. It seems that the effect of the winter 
here is to check the progress of rheumatic or ca- 
tarrhal diseases, while the summer does the real 
healing. Thermometer to-day (Dec. 16) registered 
75 in the shade. 

Brethren Samuel and A. D. Stutzman, and wife, 
of Girard, 111., are here now. Bro. Joseph Fahne- 
stock and wife, of Covington, Ohio, are also with 
us. There are others here permanently and others 
expected soon, some from Ohio, some from Mis- 
souri, and some from Illinois and elsewhere. Bro. 
Samuel Ridgeway, of Girard, 111., has located at 
Citronelle, twenty-one miles farther south. 

N. R. Baker. 

Dec. 16, 

Items from the Lordsburg Church, Cal. 

To-day, Dec. 20, Eld. Jno. Metzger has reached 
his eighty-eighth birthday. He has about recov- 
ered from his late attack of sickness, is quite cheer- 
ful, and able to attend services again. He took his 
birthday dinner at the home of brother and sister 
McDonough. On the 14th inst., he received a tele- 
gram from his son-in-law, Bro. Andrew Shively, of 
Cerro Gordo, stating that his daughter, Barbara, 
was very low. He at once made preparations to go 
east, having such great desire to see his daughter 
once more before she would cross the river, but the 
following morning the sad message came, stating 
that Barbara had fallen asleep. It was a severe 
shock to the old frame, but, on account of his un- 
wavering faith in a glorious resurrection, he soon 
recovered. Why is it that the old father in Israel 
must pass through such an ordeal in his last days? 
Perhaps it is only a little more burnishing of the 
breast-plate of faith that the pearls in it may be- 
come more brilliant as the day of redemption is 
drawing nigh! B. F. Masterson. 

From Arizona. 

Here in the South River Valley, is a church of 
the Brethren, laboring for the cause of the Master. 
They own a church-lot in Glendale, but at present 
worship in a large new tent, used by them and 
the River Brethren for Sunday school and preach- 

Sunday, Dec. 15, our elder, Peter Forney, held 
two meetings in a schoolhouse, fifteen miles south- 
west of Glendale. Although the congregation was 
not large, the interest was excellent, and an ap- 
pointment was made for preaching again in two 

Dec. 19, with our family, we enjoyed a carriage 
drive with Bro. Perrets.'to a large orange grove 
nine miles east of Phcenix, Ariz. The last of the 
crop is being harvested here. They are the largest 
oranges I have ever seen. 

Probably nothing more surprises the Easterner 
here than the general American appearance of 
the Valley. The population of the cities is most- 
ly Eastern, and there is a decided air of Eastern 
thrift and energy. Miles and miles of thrifty, 
well-kept farms and buildings, rightly signify 
Eastern farmers with their frugal habits. Sub- 
stantial, commodious schoolhouscs speak well for 
the intelligence of the people, and here are good 
openings for tile preaching of the Brethren's doc- 
trine. Fashionable and expensive church build- 
ings of populir denominations have like attendants, 
and here, as elsewhere, the spiritual wants of the 
poorer classes are neglected except by the few 
faithful of the Lord. 

Brethren, visiting the Southwest, will receive a 
cordial welcome by the members here, and min- 
isters are assured of an attentive audience. Our 
address will now be Glendale, Ariz., instead of 
Warrensburg, Mo. John E. Mohler. 

A Note of Thanks. 

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To the fifty-three sisters who so kindly contribut- 
ed to the sisters' fund for a meetinghouse in 
Washington, I would expn 
have greatly encouraged m 
to be of service in the Lord's 
proposition was presented, 
tributed, and that is the 
loveth. 2 Cor. 9: 7. None 

poorer, but you all feel happy in having helped 
a good cause. It is a blessed thing to be an 
humble helper in any good work. I am sorry we 
did not succeed in raising the full amount in 1895. 
No doubt there are some sisters who feel some 
condemnation that they have not yet contributed. 
The "appeal" is still open. Come, sisters, will 
you not help to raise the five hundred dollars? 
We have more than half. A little more effort 
and sacrifice, and we will succeed. The laborer 
that went into the vineyard at the eleventh hour 
received as much as those that went early in the 
morning. Try the Lord and see if he will not 
bless you. Mai. 3: 10. Send your contributions 
to Bro. Galen B. Royer, and say it is for the Wash- 
ington house sisters' fund. 

Do not be afraid the house will never be built. 
If it should not, the money will be used in mission 
work at some other place. Many thanks to the 
sisters that have already given. " And may he 
that ministereth seed to the sower, both minister 
bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, 
and increase the fruits of your righteousness." 2 
Cor. 9: 10. Ella Williams. 

From the Pleasant View Church, Philipps Co., Kans. 

Bro. J. R. Garber, from Newton County, and 
G. H. Sharp (the blind brother), from Rawlins 
County, this State, commenced meetings here Dec. 
15 and continued each evening until Dec. 23. The 
weather was pleasant and the meetings were very 
interesting. On account of the illness of his little 
daughter, Bro. Garber was called home Dec. 20. 
Bro. Sharp continued his talks with much zeal. 
He is not an ordained minister, yet he does some 
work in this way for his Master. Though blind to 
the beauties of earth, he looks forward with an eye 
of faith to the beautiful in the spirit world. On 
Sunday, Dec. 21, he addressed the children's meet- 
ing. At the close there was one applicant for 
baptism, which was attended to on Christmas Day. 
Our evergreen Sunday school is still in progress. 
We also have Bible Reading on Wednesday even- 

ing of each week. There is a good opening here 
to build up a larr church, but on account of so 
many failures in cl\ps we are compelled to move 
away. As my husband is the only minister living 
near here, it will leave this little flock in Philipps 
County without a shepherd. This is a mission 
point that must be looked after. There will be 
twenty-four members living here after we go away. 
Mary M. Jarboe. 
Republican Cily, Ncbr., Dec. sy. 

From Pleasant Hill, III. 

The above is the name of the M. E. church, in the 
outskirts of the Waddam's Grove congregation, 
Stephenson Co., III., where the Brethren aim to have 
preaching once a month, but frequently several 
months pass without any preaching, as the ministers 
have from twenty to twenty-five miles to go, and in 
cold, rough weather they sometimes fail to meet the 
appointments. This has a tendency to destroy the 
interest. This, at one time, was the home of our 
esteemed brother, Eld. Enoch Eby. I was told 
there once was a good prospect for the Brethren 
to have taken this field in religious sentiment, but 
the opportunity was neglected, and now the Meth- 
odists have taken possession and built a church- 
house. They now hold the sway. 

By request of the Waddam's Grove congregation 
I commenced a series of meetings there on the 
evening of Nov. 26, and closed last night with a 
large and very attentive congregation. I preached 
twenty-two sermojis, and, as a result, by the bless- 
ing of God, four precious souls were buried with 
Christ in baptism. All are members of one fami- 
ly,— father, two sons and a little daughter, eleven 
years old. The mother and eldest daughter were 
members. They are now a happy family, — all in 
the church. 

There seems to be a considerable prejudice, by 
some of the people in this place, against the Breth- 
ren, but the members feel much encouraged at 
this time, and I feel the way is open now for the 
Brethren to do a good work here by proper care 
and management. Brethren who go there to 
preach should be well prepared to handle their 
subjects in a clear and intelligent manner, and not 
criticise other churches and their practices, either 
in the pulpit or in the social circle. Such things 
are not edifying, but create prejudice and keep 
people away from meeting. I hope the Brethren 
will be able, by the Lord's help, not only to hold 
the interest that has been awakened during this 
series of meetings, but to increase it much, and 
kindly care for these lambs that have been added 
to the fold. 

My address will be Ustick, Whiteside Co., III., 
care of J. S. Longanecker, for several weeks, as 
I expect to commence meetings there Thursday 
evening of this week, the Lord willing. From 
there I go to Mt. Carroll, 111., and from there to 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My present engagements 
will occupy my time until about March, hence, if 
there arc any other congregations that desire my 
labor, they will please let me know. 

Jacob Witmore. 

Mc Piter son, Kans., Dec. 16. 

From Monitor, Kans. 

Oor series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
Brown, commenced Nov. 16. He preached one 
week at the church, when the brethren and sis- 

ters decided that he c 
point of preaching no 
quested us to hold 
preaching at that place 
suited in four baptized ; 
realized the necessity 

ontinue the meetings at a 
th, where the people re- 
meetings. He continued 
for two weeks, which re- 
nd six applicants. Others 
}f living a better life and 
were thinking about it seriously. Two were re- 
ceived into the church by baptism and two re- 
claimed during the past summer. 

Bro. Brown preached at the church on Thanks- 
giving Day. After preaching we had a social meet- 
ing, in which the brethren and sisters expressed 
their gratefulness to their Creator for blessing 

t^~s gospel iMiiESsrensrQ-iEsia. 

January II, 18 

them so abundantly through another year that had 

A collection was taken, and a little over eight 
dollars raised for the advancement of the cause of 
Christ. On the first Saturday of December the 
Missionary Board met at the church, and, on the 
following Sunday, Bro. Brown preached an excel- 
lent missionary sermon. M. J. Mishles. 

From Wolf Lake, lnd. 

Bro. J. V. Felthouse, of Elkhart, lnd., came to 
us Oct. 19, and commenced preaching for us the 
same evening. He preached each evening and 
on Sunday, Oct. 27. He held one day meeting 
and was with us at one council-meeting. Uur 
meetings continued till Nov. 2, at which time we 
held our love feast. It was well attended, there 
being quite a number from other congregations 
with us. The ministerial help was ample. Bro. 
Thurston Miller, of La Porte, lnd., officiated. 

The next morning our meeting again opened at 
ten o'clock. Short talks were given by each of the 
ministers present from abroad. In the evening 
Bro. Felthouse preached his last sermon. 

Our fourth and last quarterly council for 1895 
occurred Dec. 7. The church was well represented 
and much business came before the meeting, which 
was pleasantly disposed of, seemingly to the satis- 
faction of all present. 

Eld. Jeremiah Gump, who had been our elder for 
many years, assisted us much in the business of 
the meeting. We were glad for his presence, as 
heseems like a father to us. 

A member of the Christian church came to this 
meeting and asked admittance; his request was 
granted. Levi Zumbrun. 

Blue River Church, lnd., Dec. 10. 

From the Union City Church, lnd. 


We just closed our second Bible 
church. The first one, a year ago, was held at our 
large house. The last one was held at our Hill 
Grove house and was conducted by Bro. David 
Hollinger. His wife, like a faithful Priscilla (Acts 
18: 26) assisted. Our brethren will do a good 
work by holding Bible schools in our local church- 
es, exercising the same care as in holding our 
series of meetings. 

Some of the advantages in holding such schools 
are these: Ministers and Sunday school teachers 
will become better qualified for work in their im- 
portant fields of labor, and the membership will 
ading the Bible and 
vith the Word of the 

:arn how God 
nd they will be 
s his Word and 

receive an inspirati 
becoming better ac< 
Lord. Our childrei 
with Bible History 
worked wit 

will become 
They will l 
ncient people, a 
impressed to reverence the Bible ; 
the church as the people of his choi 
It is a source of rejoicing to see 
terest that is being manifested in c 
in the study of the Bible, and the 
for more practical Bible knowledge 

The Beaver Creek congregation has decided to 
hold a series of meetings about Jan. I, provided 
Bro. David Bowman, of Missouri, can be with us. 
Success to the Messenger and God bless our mis- 
sionaries! M. B. Miller. 

Spring Creek, Va. , 

the growing in- 
ur Brotherhood 
ncreasing thirst 

W. K. Simmons. 





Something to Think About. 

d long enough on the frontier to 
nembers, and especially our min- 
imposed upon unintentionally, at 
:n or .their children, who visit these 
for pleasure or to look up new 
homes. How often, on those occasions, is the 
minister's home made the stopping place! This 
is all right, and the visit is highly appreciated. 
Yet, dear Christian friends, have we stopped to 
think that our brother has to labor hard to main- 
tain his family, and is it right for us to thus im- 
pose upon him, without, in some way, aiding him 
to bear his burden? The apostle tells us, "Bear 
ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law 
of Christ." Gal. 6: 2. Come, let us reason togeth- 
er. Had we stopped at the hotel, instead of being 
pleasantly and safely housed by our brother and 
family, would we have expected the hotel-keeper 
to be satisfied with thank you and the promise to 
return again? Not at all. So let us consider 
Whether it is just to thus stop with our brethren,, 
be lodged and fed by them, without paying them 
at least one-half we would have paid at the hotel. 
This would be helping to bear the burden. 

Another point. How meny, in writing to their 
friends for information, with regard to their sec- 
tion of country, forget the fact that it will cost the 
brother something to return the information want- 
ed. So let us not neglect to send several stamps 
to help bear the cost. D. M. Click. 

Fori Collins, Colo. 

Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 

Hartford City, lnd.— Bro. I. M. Gibson came to 
us Dec. 8 and preached nineteen sermons. Three 
dear sisters were baptized and three that had wan- 
dered away from the fold, came back and were 
gladly received. Since the meeting closed three 
have been baptized, and we believe many are near 
the kingdom.— Rosella Holcroft, Dec. 25. 

Jonathan Creek, Ohio.— The year 1895 has been 
a year of sorrow and rejoicing. We have lost six 
of our members by death. We received twenty 
members by baptism, ranging in age from eleven to 
forty years. We had three protracted meetings 
lately, — one at each house. They were held by 
Bro. Quincy Leckrone, one of our home minis- 
ters. He did his work well. — Jacob Leckrone. 

Blizzard, Tenn.— I went on a mission of love to 
Scott County, Virginia, to anoint sister Osborne, 

From Beaver Creek, Va. 

Dec. 13 was our regular quarterly council. Ev- 
erything passed off pleasantly. One dear soul 
was reclaimed and two others are ready to return. 
The principal object of the meeting was to make 
our annual settlement. The settlement was ef- 
fected; expenses all paid and some money left 
in the treasury. Our surplus, I think, could be 
well spent if we would send it to our foreign mis- 
sionaries. On account of Bro. Roof's funeral, on 
Thanksgiving Day, we were unable to take up a 
collection for our missionaries. We hope it will 
be attended to in the near future. 

I reported some time ago that the Beaver Creek 
congregation agreed to divide in two. This went 
into effect Dec. 13, 1895. The one branch will 

wife of Bro. John Osb 
second degree. I foun 
consumption, but strong 
We had fifteen meeting; 
and anointed two sisters. 

orne, their minister in the 
d the sister afflicted with 
n the faith of the Gospel. 
We baptized one sister 
We held one love feast 
which was much enjoyed by all, especially by the 
afflicted sister. — George C. Bowman, Dec. 20. 

Nappanee, lnd. — The members of the Turkey 
Creek church met at the Nappanee house in quar- 
terly council Dec. 21. We held a choice for two 
deacons, but as four ran so near together, the 
church decided to install all four of them. The 
brethren were Bro. John Geyer, Henry Wysong, 
Lafayette Snyder and John Brown. All are worthy 
brethren. Brethren J. H. Miller, Alexander Miller, 
and other ministers, were with u 

still be kno 
and the othe 

as the Beaver Creek congregatii 
i the Sangerville congregation. 

Notes from the Old People's Home, Northern Illinois. 

— When the Home was opened in 1893, only 
a few inmates were ready to occupy the commodi- 
ous structure erected for the care of the aged 
dependent ones. At that time some thought the 
building was almost too large, but to-day, with j 
fifteen inmates, besides the Superintendent and his j 
staff of helpers, the building is well-filled, there 
being only two vacant rooms. 

— Through the liberality of those who contribut- 
ed to the endowment fund of the Home, the in- 
stitution is now largely self-supporting, and but 
little will be required from the churches of the 
District, unless unforeseen expenditures should 
make such a call necessary. It would be well if 
more of our members in Northern Illinois would 
remember the Home by a generous endowment. 
It is more lasting than monument of marble and 
granite, to perpetuate our memory in deeds of 
loving kindness. If the Lord rewards the least 
that is done in his name to the humblest saint, 
will there not be a bright reward for those who 
remember the Home at Mt. Morris, and help it to 
grow to larger spheres of usefulness? 

— It is not the least encouraging feature of our 
Home that, comparatively speaking, we have had 
but little sickness. The general healthfulness of 
Mt. Morris and the good sanitary arrangements at 
the Home all contribute to this desirable end. 
As a result, our expense for medical aid and sup- 
plies has been but light. 

—For the benefit of the inmates who are too 
feeble to walk to the Chapel for services, a prayer 
meeting is held at the Home. Last Sunday even- 
ing the theme was " God's Care," as set forth in 
Ps. 23. Several of the inmates expressed their 
appreciation of the Lord's goodness in permitting 
them to spend their last days so pleasantly. The 
many good remarks at the meeting brought re- 
newed trust and confidence to all who trust in the 
mighty arm of Jehovah. L. A. P. 

Ml. Morris, III. 

Lower Cumberland Church, Pa.— Bro. Isaac 
Barto, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., commenced a series 
of meetings in the Union meetinghouse of this 
place on the evening of Nov. 17, and continued 
until the evening of Dec. 1. While we have no 
the meetings were of great 
at this place. He preached 
'e also had a Thanksgiving 
liberal collection was raised 
n missions. — Barbara E. Byers, 



benefit to the cau: 
sixteen sermons, 
meeting at which 
for home and fore 
Mrchanicsbuegt Pa. 

Duncansville Church, Pa. — Bro. Mi 
is conducting a very interesting series 
in the Carson Valley house at present, 
ings began on the evening of Dec. I 
preaching every evening till Saturday evening, 
Dec. 28, when seven young persons came out, to 
unite with the church, and were baptized on Sun- 
day at 2 P. M. Bro. Claar is still continuing the 
meetings, with prospects of still others coming to 
also had a visit from Bro. Daniel 

chael Claar 

/e had 

the church. 

Vaniman, of McPherson 

the Lamersville house 

Christmas, and 

Christmas Day 

Bro. Vaniman': 



God that all 

preached in 
evening before 
delivered also two sermons on 
His talks were much appreciated, 
mission among the churches is 
more than one way. Would to 
dd heed his good counsels and ad- 

D. S. Replogle, McKecs Gap, Pa., Dec. 3. 

Eglon, W. Va.— Dec. 22 Bro. John A. Arnold 
preached at the Brookside church at 10:30 A. M., 
and at the same hour Bro. Emery Fike preached 
at the Glade View church. Brethren John S. and 
Samuel K. Fike preached at the Sugar Lands.. 
Dec. 25 Bro. Jonas Fike preached at Maple Spring 
and on the evening of Dec. 28 Bro. I. O. Thompson 
preached at the Brookside church; also the next 
morning. At night he preached at Maple Spring. 
In this church, since Jan. 1, 1895, U P to Jan. 1, 
1896, there were forty-three baptized and one re- ' 
claimed. Four were added by letter, and eight 
others have not yet handed in their letters. Four 
have been disfellowshiped; four have been re- 
moved by death, and seven have moved to other 
fields. Nearly three hundred sermons were 
preached, and five different Sunday schools con- 
ducted, some of them have closed during the win- 
< ter. — Rachel Weimer. 


January u, 


Graydon, Pa.-The Brethren of the Codorus 
congregation were much rejoiced when Bro Chris 
tian Bucher came to us Dec. 2, preaching thirteen 
soul-strengthening sermons. A few days after he 
left, two applied for baptism and were baptized 
Dec. 22. — Christian Ness, Dec. 3/. 

Bradford, Ohio.-Bro. Lewis W. Teeter came to 
us Dec. 14, and preached twenty-seven sermons 
, giving no uncertain sound. Four souls were con- 
/ vinced and were baptized. The meetings closed 
with increasing interest and attendance, and with 
regrets that Bro. Teeter had to leave for other 
fields of labor.— Levi L. Landis, Dec. 30. 

Wade Branch, Kans.— While visiting in this con- 
gregation, Eld. Enoch Eby preached several ser- 
mons for us. Owing to the inclemency of the 
weather and sickness, the attendance was small, 
hut the attention was excellent. Our elder, George 
Myers, owing to ill health this winter, could not 
be out to the meetings during Bro. Eby's stay. 
Our Sunday school will commence the first Sunday 
in January. — A. M. Sharp, Jan. i. 

Greene Church, Iowa.— The Brethren met in 
quarterly council Jan. 2. A good deal of business 
came before the meeting. We decided to have 
preaching every Sunday evening, and a Sunday 
school teachers' meeting every Thursday evening. 
We have reorganized our Sunday school for this 
year. We also decided to use the Brethren's 
Sunday School Song Book in our Sunday school — 
Gertie Eikenbcrry, Jan. 4. 

Red River Valley Church, N. Dak.— The breth- 
ren and sisters of the Red River Valley church 
met for their love feast Nov. 2. The meeting was 
well attended. The weather was pleasant. Min- 
isters present were George Swihart, George Stryck- 
er, Levi Miller and Amos Peters. Our church- 
membership is thirty-nine. We have appointments 
every Sunday. One appointment is in the west 
end of the District.— J. J. Troyer, Clifford, N. Dak. 

Sangerville, Va.— The Brethren met on Christ- 
mas Day at the Sangerville church. One sister 
united with the church by baptism. Yesterday 
' we met in special council. Quite an amount of 
business passed the meeting with seemingly good 
feeling. To-day being the fifth Sunday, we had 
preaching, after which we again had the pleasure 
of baptizing eight dear souls. Others are counting 


near the kii 

1.— A. 

. Mil- 

the cost; sc 
'- ler, Dec. 20. 

Glen Rock, Nebr.— Bro. C. B. Smith came to us 
Nov. 16 and held several meetings for us, but left 
again in the midst of interest, after preaching 
seventeen sermons in all. Six precious souls unit- 
(q ed with the church by confession and baptism. 
There are also two applicants for baptism, and 
one dear sister, who had wandered away, came 
back to the fold. Nine additions to the church 
means a good many here in this place, for people 
are so very proud. It is hard for some to accept 
the perfect plan of salvation in all its plainness 
as our Brethren teach it. We have twenty mem- 
bers here now. Thirteen have united with the 
church during the last five months.— Miriam A. 

New Hope Church, Tenn.— Since my report of 
the needs of this church, one year ago, we have 
had the privilege of hearing God's Word preached, 

a privilege that we had not had for about two 

years before. June 1 Eld 
companied by Bro. Nathar 
and preached six sermons, 
and sister Miller, accompanied by Bro. Wm. 
Detrick, of Monticello, Ohio, and Bro. Michael 
Miller, of Darke County, same State, came. Bro. 
Daniel Miller preached three sermons. Their 
visit with us was all that could be desired. The 
parting hand came all too soon. The light is be- 
ginning to dawn here and we hope for a better day. 
Bro. A. M. Shults, and family, of Malvern, 111., 
including four members, will move to our place 
\ in the near future. We have no minister yet, but 
I \ think that we will, sometime in the future.— A. W. 
Oren, Lankford, Tenn., Dec. 31. 



3ro. Da 

', Ind.— At 
Williamsport church 

church-council, held in the 
Ind., Dec. 7, Bro. Enos 
Moore was elected deacon, and, with his wife 
was duly installed. We were assisted in the work 
by Eld. Isaac Billheimer.-G^y, L. Studcbaker. 

Quinter, Kans.-I was called to hold a series of 
meetings at Indian Creek, in the southwest part 
of Gove County. The meetings commenced 
Dec 22 and continued until Dec. 29. I delivered, 
■ n all, nine sermons. Two precious souls were re- 
ceived by baptism, and others are near the king- 
dom. May the Lord 



praised!— J. B. Wl 

Adamsboro, Pa.-Bro. J. M. Mohler, of^Lewis- 
town, Pa., commenced a scries of meetings here 
Dec, 1, and continued until the 16th. He preached, 
in all, nineteen sermons. We had good attendance', 
considering that there were two other 
the neighborhood. Our little church v 
vived and built up. Fou: 
Flory, Dec. 22. 

ch was much 
baptized.— David 


Sterling, IU.-The Sterling church held its 
quarterly council Jan. 1. By request brethren D. 
Dierdorff and A. L. Grater were present. Much 
unanimity prevailed. The spiritual and financial 
report of the church is good. An election for two 
deacons was held, the choice falling on brethren 
Harvey Myers and John D. Fox. They arc both 
worthy young brethren. May they be instrumental 
in doing much good!—/ 3 R. Keltoer, Jan 3. 

Fountain Dale, Pa.— Bro. J. S. Weybright, as- 
sisted by Bro. T. J. Kolb, has just closed ail in- 
teresting series of meetings in this church. He 
preached, in all, twelve sermons, to a well-filled 
house of anxious hearers. Two precious souls 
expressed themselves as willing to accept their 
Savior by following his example. One who had 
wandered away, was reclaimed. Others are count- 
ing the cost, and the church was built up in the 
faith. — Cora A, Linebaugh, Dec. 31. 

( Elkhart, Ind.— I hear many words of praise for 
the enlarged Gospel Messenger. Its readers here 
place it next to the Bible in home literature. Its 
general makeup, spirit, and real value is a great im- 
provement over the past. It ought to go into every 
home and would if all who profess to be its friend 
would work, as well as pray, for it. Members must 
be taught to sacrifice the material for the spiritual, 
the lower for the higher, and then there will be 
plenty of means and room for every good work. 
Let all who have learned the better way turn teach- 
ers and the victory will be won easily! — /. D. 

Mt. Zion, W. Va. Bro. Z. Annon, of Thornton, 
W. Va., commenced a series of meetings here on 
the evening of Dec. 14, and continued until the 
evening of the 25th. He was assisted by brethren 
from adjoining churches. One dear brother was 
added to the church by baptism. Another appli- 
cant,— an invalid sister, — will be baptized as soon 
as her strength and the weather will permit. May 
the Lord give her strength! She is a very intel- 
ligent lady, and, though an invalid, will add much 
to the strength of the little band here. While 
among us Bro. Annon made not only friends for 
himself, but for the cause we hold so dearly. The 
church elected Bro. W. Phillips to the office of 
deacon.— J. Monroe Wells, Dec. 31. 

Olathe, Kans. — Dec. 15 wife and I, accompanied 
by brother and sister Noah Riffey, went to Kansas 
City, Kans., to attend to the Father's business. A 
sick lady, who had been confined to her bed most 
of the time for over a year, desired to be baptized. 
A box was arranged just outside the house and 
filled with water. Two brethren carried her out 
and after she was immersed, she was again placed 
comfortably into her bed. Devotional exercises 
held, and she was then anointed. When we 
left she seemed quite cheerful. The prospects are 
quite encouraging in Kansas City. This is the 
second one baptized recently. Bro. C. M. Yearout, 
of Westphalia, Kans,, is at present holding meet- 
ings in the Olathe meetinghouse. — Geo. E. Wise, 
Dec. 20. 

Taccio, Va.— We had preaching to-day at Beth- 
lehem. A collection for foreign missions resulted 
in raising S13.00 for that work. — David Bowman, 
Dec. 23. 

Fulton, Ind.— Our series of meetings, commenced 
at Mud Lake church Dec. 9, closed Dec. 23. It 
was conducted by Bro. Aaron Moss. Two were 
added to the church by baptism and one reclaimed. 
— Jeffinon Sunday, Dec. 26. 

Mineral Creek, Mo.— Bro. G. W. Lentz came to 
us Nov. 30. He commenced meetings the same 
evening and continued until Dec. 16. We had 
good meetings, large attendance and good inter- 
est. One was received by confession and baptism. 
—Frederick Cnlp, Dec. 30. 

Pleasant Hill, Tenn.— The Ministerial Meeting 
for the Tennessee District was held at Pleasant 
Hill, Sullivan Co., Tenn., Dec. 13 and 14. Meet- 
ings were continued by brethren Wm. Sherfy and 
— Ledbetter till the 22nd. As a result, two were 
baptized at the close of the meetings.— Joseph B. 

Pine Qrove, Fla.— Bro. J. C. Lahman was with 
us to-day and gave us a very interesting discourse 
on the early life of our Lord and Master. His 
remarks were very appropriate and, we think, 
greatly appreciated by all present. We are sorry 

to learn that he has to leave us so soon. D. E 

Bowman, Hope, /''la., Dec. 23. 

Red Cloud, Nebr.— Since our last report three 
more have been baptized. On Thanksgiving Day 
we met for worship. 18275 was raised for mission- 
ary purposes. Our Sunday school is doing much 
for our little band. How I wish all could be in- 
duced to use only the Brethren's literature, " for we 
be brethren." — Sarah Mohler, Jan. 1. 

Alleghany, W. Va.— Eld. Aaron Fike, of Eglon, 
W. Va., began preaching for us Dec. 19, and con- 
tinued one week. He assisted in our quarterly 
council and also in anointing Bro. Benjamin Cos- 
ner. The church was much revived and_~ioners 
were made to see themselves in the light of God's 
Word.— Raphael Baker, Gormania, W. Va., Dec. 26. 

South English, Iowa.— Two more dear souls 
(sisters) were added to the fold by baptism Dec. 
28. During the year eighteen have been added 
by baptism. Four of our young members are at- 
tending school at Mt. Morris. We trust they may 
be benefited spiritually and mentally. Two of 
our brethren are away, holding protracted meet- 
ings— 5. A. Brower, Dec. 31. 

Pierce, Ohio.— On the evening of Nov. 28 Bro. 
F. B. Weimer, of Sterling, Ohio, began preaching 
for us and remained one week, when Bro. Quincy 
Leckrone, of Ziontown, Ohio, came and continued 
the meetings two weeks longer. The meetings 
were largely attended. The best of attention was 
given to the preaching of the Word. Five precious 
souls consecrated themselves to God's service, 
and others are almost persuaded. — R. R. Shroyer. 

Cushing, Okla. T. — About two years ago a broth- 
er in Ohio thought that, perhaps, a few good books 
might help some poor preacher in the West and 
on the frontier. So he sent some very helpful 
books to one that feels very grateful for the same, 
as they have been helpful in getting ideas. There 
are two young ministers here, who are poor, that 
need a friend or friends of this kind. Who will 
God will bless such help and the 
lend the address to any one. — A. 

.1 then 


W. Austin. 

Oakley, 111. — Our quarterly council occurred Dec. 
23. Three were received by letter and two re- 
stored that had gone with the Old Order Brethren. 
Solicitors were also appointed to solicit for District 
and General Mission. Our Sunday school was 
reorganized by electing Bro. Wm. H. Hood as 
Superintendent. On Christmas Day we had chil- 
dren's meeting. The attendance and interest were 
good. Afterwards a collection was taken for the 
children's mission of Chicago, and S10.00 was 
raised for that purpose. Our social meeting is in 
a flourishing condition. — D. J, Blickenstaff, Dec. 2f. 



January II, 18 

Clarence, Iowa. — Our quarterly 
council convened Dec. 28. Among 
the business transacted was the hold- 
ing of a series of meetings in the near 
future, and to reopen our Sunday 
school with the second quarter of 
1896. We had a pleasant meeting on 
Christmas, with a large number of 
children present, who were kindly re- 
membered. Our attendance at Sun- 
day school during the past nine 
months has been highly gratifying. 
As our Sunday school closes Dec. 29, 
we expect to start a special Bible 
class for the winter, for the study of 
God's Word, with some attention giv- 
en to Bible geography, Bible history 
and vocal music— John Zuck. 

Flora, Ind.— The members of the 
Bachelor's Run church are much en- 
couraged, and are now in better work- 
ing order than for a number of years. 
We have an evergreen Sunday school, 
which is growing in interest. In 
September last we organized a social 
meeting, which meets one evening in 
each week, and is growing in numbers 
and interest. Dec. 19 Bro. ]. Rarick, 
of North Manchester, and Bro. Chas. 
Gibson, of Girard, 111., came to us 
and conducted a ten days' Bible 
school. The school was well attended 
and a good interest taken. Bro. J. M. 
Mohler, of Pennsylvania, is expected 
here in a few days, to hold a series of 
meetings.— J. L. Cunningham, Dec. jo. 

Palestine Church, Ohio. — Bro. Dav- 
id S. Filbmm, of Brandt, Miami Co., 
Ohio, came to us on the evening of 
Nov. 23, and remained until the even- 
ing of Dec. 15, preaching, in all, 
thirty-two sermons, all but two at our 
Beech Grove house. We had an in- 
teresting children's meeting. The 
grown people were interested as well 
as the little ones. Bro. Filbrum vis- 
ited much among the members, es- 
pecially the aged and infirm, to their 
pleasure and profit. Seven precious 
young souls made the good choice, 
choosing rather to suffer affliction 
with the people of God than to en- 
joy the pleasures of sin for a season. 
Others we know were almost per- 
suaded. Brethren, pray for us that 
the cause might prosper here and 
everywhere! — 5. S. Petty, Glin Karn, 
Ohio, Dec. jo. 

Rockton, Pa.— On account of my 
neglect, our little meeting was not 
reported. Our home ministers con- 
ducted a two weeks' series of meetings 
prior to love feast, Oct. 24. One 
dear sister united with the church 
by confession and baptism. Our love 
feast was attended by a goodly num- 
ber of adjoining brethren. Our mis- 
sion sermon was preached Christmas 
morning by Bro. J. H. Beer. This 
was the 6rst mission sermon delivered 
in our little congregation. It caused 
quite an awakening, and we feel to 
vouch that there will be greater and 
stronger efforts put forth hereafter. 
We raised S5.07, to be divided equally 
between the Tract Work, Home and 
European, and Asia Minor Mission. 
Our efforts during the past year have 
resulted in erecting two neat little 
churchhouses in our local church and 
there is a strong move for another 
one next summer, if the Lord will. 
This will give us a house of worship 
at each of our appointments. — J, A. 
Bnlltart, Rockton, Pa., Dec. 25. 

Sand Ridge Church, Ohio.— I com- 
menced a series of meetings here Dec. 
12 and closed Dec. 29. I found a 
band of about twenty members, with- 
out a preacher. They have a good 
churchhouse, but have preaching on- 
ly every four weeks, by the ministers 
of the Sugar Ridge church. Owing to 
bad weather and extremely bad roads 
the attendance was rather small, but 
the interest was fair and we closed 
with a full house. Had the roads not 
been almost impassable, we would 
have continued the meetings longer, 
as some were near the kingdom. — Dan- 
iel S/uil, Sidney, hid., Dec, jl. 

St. Petersburg, Fla.— In Gospel 
Messenger of Nov. 30, I noticed this: 
" It is to be regretted that on account 
of a lack of means the General Mis- 
sion Board was unable to locate an 
evangelist in Florida this winter, as 
was contemplated." While this regret 
may be deeply felt by our sympathiz- 
ing brethren and sisters of the North, 
it is, perhaps, more keenly felt by the 
few faithful and noble-hearted mem- 
bers of South Florida, who have left 
their homes in the North and have 
come to the South, to build up homes 
for themselves, and to build up the 
cause and kingdom of their Blessed 
Lord and Master where there are 
thousands of people that have souls 
;ave, and yet have never had the 
opportunity of hearing the Gospel 
preached as the Brethren try to hold 
it forth in its primitive purity. There 
is a great mission field here in South 
Florida. It is now only the begin- 
ning of seed-time, to sow the good 
seed of the kingdom in order to reap 
the golden harvest that the angels 

11 go forth to reap in the end of 
the world. The one thing needful 
here is a good faithful minister of 
the Gospel, to sow the good seed of 
the kingdom and to preach the Gos- 
jel as it was once delivered to the 
;aints. I am fully convinced that 
f the proper step is taken it will take 
but little trouble to build up a good 
hurch and Sunday school here in 
St. Petersburg, where the doctrine of 
the Brethren seems to be almost en- 
tirely unknown. I am now here with 
intention of locating in this vicini- 
ty, and to try to build up an interest 
for the cause of the Master.— J. IV. 
Burns, Dec. 26. 


" What therefore God hath joined together, let 

SILVERS— GARDNER.— At T. I. Silver's, 
Franklin Township, Decatur Co., Iowa, 
Christmas eve, Dec. 24, 1895, by the under- 
signed, Mr. Aldie E. Silvers and Miss Mattie 
V. Gardner, all of Decatur Co., Iowa. 

Lewis M. Kou. 


SHOFFNER.— At La Place, 111., Nov. 23, 
1895. Bro. Jacob Shoffner, aged 80 years, 6 
months and 2 days, He was baptized June 
23, 1895, and anointed Nov. 19, 1895. 

MESNARD.— At the same place, Dec. 21, 
1895, Ethel Mesnard, granddaughter of the 
above, aged 2 years, 6 months and 4 days. 
Funeral of both the above by Bro. S. S. Miller 
assisted by Bro. Isaac Brubaker. 

I. W. Brubaker. 

MAGLEY.-At Blue River, Ind., Dec. 19, 
1895, Delia Jane Magley, aged 30 years and 
I month. She served hei Master very de- 
votedly for twelve years. She was a sufferer 

for ten years, but bore her sufferings with 
Christian grace. Minnie Hire. 

LINT— In the Bunker Hill church, Ohio, 
Dec. 18, 1895, of chronic diarrhoea, sister 
Catharine Lint (nee Miller), aged 76 years, 
n months and 15 days. She was a widow 
nine years. She was the mother of five chil- 
dren, two of whom preceded her to the spirit 
world. She was a member of the Brethren 
church over thirty-five years. She was laid 
to rest in the Brethren's graveyard at Bunker 
Hill. Funeral conducted by Bro. Josiah 
Hochstettler, from the words: "For me to 
live is Christ and to die is gain." 

KASER.— In the Bunker Hill church, Ohio, 
Nov. 26, 1895, from the effects of a tumor, 
sister Delilah Kaser [nee Snider), beloved wife 
of Bro. Amos Kaser, aged 37 years, 3 months 
and 15 days. She leaves a dear husband and 
two little daughters. She had Christ and the 
church at heart. She was indeed a sister to 
pattern after. The services were conducted 
by Bro. Josiah Hochstettler, from 2 Tim. 4: 7- 
Sarah Middaugh. 

OPLIGER.— In the Bunker Hill church, 
Ohio, Allie Jacob, son of Bro. John and sister 
Jane Opliger, aged 6 months and 2 days. 
Services by Bro. Josiah Hochstettler. Inter- 
ment in the Mennonite cemetery. 

Sarah Middaugh. 

OREN.— In the Roann church, Ind., Nov. 
16, 1895, of typhoid fever, Bro. Daniel Oren, 
aged 62 years, 5 months and 5 days. Funeral 
discourse by Bro. David Swihart, from Jdhn 
14: 1. 

DICKERHOFF.— Near Disko, Ind., Dec. 
9, 1895, Amanda, daughter of friend Jacob and 
Mary Dickerhoff, aged 7 years, 5 months and 
14 days. Services by Bro. David Swihart. 

SWIHART— In the Roann church, Ind., 

Dec. 16, 1895, of eczema, Ethel May, daughter 

of Bro. George and sister Rosa Swihart, aged 

4 years, 3 months and 25 days. Funeral dis- 

turse by Bro. Frank Fisher, from Gen. 33; 13. 

Joseph John. 
SHOUP.— In the Maumee church, Defiance 
Co., Ohio, sister Elizabeth Shoup, aged 70 
5, 10 months and 1 day. She joined the 
church in 1S45, and was anointed a short time 
before her death. She died of paralysis and 
leaves a husband, four sons and one daughter. 
Funeral services conducted in the United 
Brethren church in Sherwood, by the writer. 
Jacob Kintner. 
GERHART— In the Allison church, near 
tllison, 111,, Dec. 15, "1895, of membranous 
roup, little Perry Otto, only son of Bro. John 
nd sister Susan Gerhart, aged 5 years, 8 
nonths and 16 days. Little Otto was a bright 
little boy. Funeral services held at the house 
Dec. 16, by Bro, S. W. Garber, from the 
words, "He shall gather the lambs with his 
arm, and carry them in his bosom." Burial 
in the Allison cemetery. Niva R. Garber. 

WARSTLER.— Near Goshen, Ind., Nov. 5, 
1895, of diphtheria, Gilbert Guy, only son of 
friend Otha H., and Susie E. Warstler, aged 
4 years, 8 months and 2 days. 

WARSTLER— In the same family, Nov. 
15, 1895, of membranous croup, Ruth Bernice, 
youngest child of the above-named parents, 
aged 2 years, 6 months and 23 days. Funeral 
services on Sunday, Dec. 22, by brethren 
George Swihart and Levi Hoke, from Matt. 
18:2. Mary C. Warstler. 

HOOVER.— In the Clover Creek congrega- 
tion, Pa., Nov. 25, 1895, of membranous croup, 
Cecelia Hoover, aged 8 years. Funeral serv- 
ices conducted by Eld. Brice Sell, of Newry, 

HOOVER.— In the same congregation, Nov. 
30, 1S95, of cancer, Bro. John B. Hoover, fa- 
ther of the above-named child, aged 73 years, 
2 months and 17 days. Funeral services con- 
ducted by elders J. B. Replogle and T. B. 
Maddocks, from Heb. 2: 6. 

WINELAND.— In the same congregation, 
Dec. 13, 1895, of consumption, Bro. Joseph 
Wineland, aged 72 years, 10 months and 10 
days. Funeral services conducted by Bro. 
J. B. Brumbaugh, from Deut. 11: 31. 

J. G. Mock. 
TRIMMER.— In the Upper Conewago con- 
gregation, Adams Co., Pa., of heart disease, 
Bro. John Trimmer, aged 68 years, 6 months 
and 22 days. Deceased was a devoted mem- 
ber of the Brethren church. His daily life 
portrayed the Christian traits which he poS' 
sessed. He leaves a wife, four sons anc 

seven daughters. Interment in tire Brethren's 
graveyard at the Mummert church. Funeral 
services by brethren David H. Baker and 
Orville V. Long. Text, Philpp. 1 : 23. 

Chas. L. Baker. 

KIMMEL.— In the Wolf Creek church, 
Ohio, Nov. 30, 1895, sister Mary, daughter of 
Bro. Jacob Kimmel, aged 20 years, 3 months 
and 2 days. Disease, consumption. She was 
anointed about two hours before her departure. 
She gave earnest admonition to her brothers 
and sisters, and kind words of encouragement 
to her father, who, in a few years, has been 
bereft of his wife and five daughters, three 
of whom died in a state of innocence, Sister 
Barbara died a year ago. She made the 
good confession and. was baptized while low 
in sickness. She gave the same earnest, dy- 
ing words as her sister above named. Her 
death occurred Sept. 10, 1894, at the age of 
17 years and 16 days. Funeral services by 
the brethren. John Calvin Bright. 

MILLER.— In the Sugar Creek church, III., 
Nov. 6, 1895, sister Mary E. Miller, wife of 
Bro. Urias M. Miller. She was a member of 
the Brethren church for about twenty-four 
years. Funeral services by brethren Jonathan 
Brubaker and J. H. Brubaker, from Rev. 
14:12, 13. J. M. Miller. 

DEARDORFF.— In the Roann church, Ind., 
Dec. 10, 1895, of heart failure, sister Catharine 
(White) Deardorff, aged 76 years, 10 months 
and 10 days. She was born in Shenandoah 
County, Va., Jan. 31, 1819. When about six 
years old, she moved, with her parents, to 
Preble County, Ohio. She was married to 
Paul Deardorff, Feb. 21, 1839. In October, 
1S45, WIln ner husband and three children, 
she moved to Wabash County, Ind., where 
she lived a devoted Christian life up to the 
of her death. She leaves three sons and 
j daughters. Her husband preceded her 
about thirty-nine years ago. She was much 
emed in the welfare of the church, and 
one of the early sacrificing mothers in 
starting the little vine in the Roann church. 
Funeral services by Bro. Frank Fisher, from 
Ps. 55. Joseph John. 

BRUMBAUGH— In the Wolf Creek con- 
gregation, Ohio, Oct. 19, 1895, sister Susan 
Brumbaugh, aged 72 years, 9 months and 13 
days. She had seen a good deal of the hard 

:perience of life, having been twice left a 

dow, with a large family of children. The 
last years of her life were spent faithfully in 
the church. Funeral services by the brethren. 
John Calvin Bright. 

HOLSINGER.— Within the bounds of the 
Manassas church, Prince William Co., Va., 
Dec. 16, 1895, sister Elizabeth Holsinger {nee 
Snyder), aged 64 years, 7 months and 2 days.. 
She was the wife of Bro. Thomas S. Holsinger, 
and the mother of eight children, three of 
whom preceded her to the grave. The de- 
ceased was born in Bedford County, Pa.,. 
where she lived until about nine years ago,. 
when the family moved to Virginia, where 
they became some of the first members of 
what is now the Manassas church. She 
united with the church in her single days and 
for about forty years was an exemplary sis- 
ter. Funeral sermon by Bro. A. Chambers, 
assisted by the brethren, from Rev. 14: 13. 

J. E. Blough, 

HARLEY.— At Harleysville, Pa., in the 
bounds of the Indian Creek church, Sarah; 
Stover Harley, aged 62 years, 7 months and 
I day. Sixty-two beautiful years ended a life 
which was an inspiration to many! In her 
was the promise fulfilled, "Then shall thy 

the waves of the sea." Sister Harley seemed 
to dwell in a closer spiritual communion with 
her Savior than most of us. We knew she 
was not of this world, but lived, moved and 
had her being in a higher sphere. From her 
father, Jacob K. Stover, she inherited a sen- 
sitive, poetical nature, which made her -life 
spent in God's service rarely beautiful. In 
her youth she enlisted under the banner of 
King Immanuel and was a devoted follower 
for about forty-five years. Her husband, 
Jacob K. Harley, and nine children, all striv- 
ing to follow her example, will reverence her 
memory. She was buried near her home in 
the Indian Creek cemetery. Services by F. 
P. Cassel and Jacob Conner, from 2 ' 
4:7. During the summer her health 
failing, but she was confined to her room 
two days previous to her death. 

Lizzie D. RosenbergerJ 

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Brumbaugh's Glimpses from Foreign Travel. No. a? '. 

Editorial Gleanings in the Oiient. No. 3 \\\ 


At Last 

A Bid for Souls, 

Gentle Words , 


The Lord our Righteousness. ByS. N. M'Cann 

Notes and Jottings. By I. J. Rosenberger 

Have we Sayings oi Christ not Recorded in the Gospei? 

1896, Lilies and Pomegranates. By G J. Fercken 

Assisting Ministers. By David E. Cripe 


The Early Ministry of Jesus.— Luke -t: 14-22, 


Dancing. By Cora A. Dial 

Getting an Education. By Howard Miller 

Importance of Sunday Schools. By Laney B. Prowant, 


Viewing from Different Points. By W. B. Stover 

A Good Thing Overdone. By J. F. Neher 

A Little Seed. Selected 


The Prayer-covering. By Tobias S. Fike 

A Word to Mothers. By Mrs. E. A. Hunting 


During the first week of this month the north- 
western part of Persia was visited by two earth- 
quakes, causing the death of over one thousand 
persons and the destruction of a vast amount of 
property. The section of country in which the 
most damage was done lies about seventy miles 
south of Mount Ararat, — the mount on which the 
ark rested after the flood, — and is said to be a 
delightful region and is highly cultivated. The 
fine fields ot grain and the numerous well-kept 
orchards render the place peculiarly attractive. 
These alarming disturbances of the earth's surface 
constantly remind us of the wonderful power re- 
served until the day of vengeance. 

It may be interesting to some of our readers to 
know more of Miss Clara Barton, the woman who 
is to direct the distribution of supplies among the 
suffering Armenians. She is now about fifty-eight 
years old, taught school in early life and served 
in the Patent Office at Washington several years. 
In 1861 she entered the army as a nurse, and put 
on foot a movement that saved the lives of hun- 
dreds of wounded soldiers. On the battle-field 
her helpers knew no enemies, but cared for all 
alike. When the war broke out between Germany 
and France she again went to the front with her 
hundreds of assistants. In the war between Japan 
and China, her nurses were found on every im- 
portant battle-field. Their mission was to care 
for the wounded, regardless of position in nation- 
ality, friend or foe. It is thought that the Red 
Cross Society, of which she is President, are the 
only persons who can "go into Turkey unmolested, 
and she goes there to direct the work. In her 
labors,— to relieve the suffering,— she is known 
in all civilized lands as the friend of everybody 
and the enemy of none. The people have great 
confidence in her ability to properly assist the 
unfortunate Armenians, and are contributing liber- 

ally to the fund being raised for that purpose. 
Later.— Since writing the above the wires bring 
the sad news that the Sultan of Turkey has de- 
creed that no foreign society or individual will be 
allowed to distribute in Turkey, any sums of money 
collected abroad. This is startling news, and will, 
for the time being, put an end to the work under- 
taken by Miss Barton. The whole civilized world 
is shocked. 

Society in disguise and under the name of 
"charity" is doing a work that is certainly dis- 
pleasing to the Lord. Great balls are held in th< 
most fashionable manner possible. Only the rid 
and those moving in the "best society" are invit 
ed. Thousands of dollars are spent for decorating 
the rooms, and many more for decorating the peo- 
ple who attend. How much liquor and cigars 
are consumed during the night,— for the balls sel 
dom break up until long after twelve o'clock, — the 
Lord only knows. Everything is prepared and 
paid for on a grand scale, and the profits run 
into thousands of dollars, all of which is turned 
over to relieve the unfortunate. This is doing e\ 
that good may abound. And while one dollar, thi 
raised, may purchase for the poor as much food ; 
any other dollar, and may keep Suul and body t 
gether just as long as another dollar, still those 
who raise the money in this unholy manner 
receive no blessing. Charity is no name for : 
unholy work. 

f Br. "Htcks,- of Almanac renown; is no half-way 
believer in the power and wisdom of God, ss dis 
played in the movement of the heavenly bodies 
In a recent issue of the Word a?id Works he says 
" As to God's stopping the sun in Gibeon and the 
moon over the Valley of Ajalon — why not? It 
would disarrange the laws of nature, do you say? 
How do you know? Away with this limiting the 
holy God, either in his power to stop one o 
of the suns and moons in the universe, according 
to laws that man can never conceive, or without 
law. In one instant God can touch a spring un- 
known to " science " that will turn creation upside 
down and knock all our little human theories into 
pie. Don't believe it, eh? Then you have ni 
caught the meaning of the word, God, and don't 
realize that as great a miracle is being enacted 
in the perpetuation of the moving suns, as there 
would be in stopping them." 

Bro. D. L. Forney, who, by_ the way, is one of 
our college graduates, is having an experience in 
the Arkansas mission field that reminds one of 
pioneer days. In a recent issue of the Missionary 
Visitor he says: " On going to the place I found an 
old log schoolhouse, or church, with the door off 
and almost without windows, and the building 
itself nearly ready to fall down. The stove being 
small, we thought it insufficient to warm both 
outdoors and in, if there was any in, so we had our 
first meeting at the house of brother and sister 
Hardy. The neighbors then suggested that we 
use a dwelling house (log), recently vacated, for 
our further meetings. The house had two doors, 
but was minus windows, and having meeting at 
night only, it mattered but little about the windows. 
Boards were taken from the loft and put down 
for seats, and for light the first night we had a 
lamp without a chimney (many such are used 
here), in addition to the light received from the 
fireplace. With these surroundings, picture in 
your mind, if you will, me standing behind a flour 
barrel, bottom end up for a stand, and discoursing 

to a little group of men, women and children as 
fervently as though it were to an audience of a 
thousand people, and you will have a fair idea 
of the meeting where the Lord himself seemed 
very present." 

Some weeks ago it was said in these columns 
that Mr. Dowie might be compelled to either close 
his institutions in Chicago, or pay the usual hos- 
pital license. But late developments seem to be 
entirely to his interest. The courts have decided 
wholly in his favor, he having won in nearly one 
hundred suits, and is now permitted to continue 
his work unmolested. Judging from his own pa- 
per,— for we see hut little said of him in the 
Inter Ocean, the only daily we read, — it would 
seem that he is making no small stir in Chicago 
and now has in contemplation a movement, to be 
known as The Christian Catholic Church. He 
holds to the divine origin of the Scriptures, the 
divinity of Christ and the Holy Spirit, the necessity 
of faith, repentance and obedience, in order to 
salvation, practices trine immersion, and observes 
what he calls the Lord's Supper about as do the 
other denominations. The leading feature of his 
movement is divine healing, claiming that God 
does yet heal the diseases of those who wholly 
trust him. He discards medicine of every kind 
and denounces doctors of every order and grade. 

Our harvest season is in the middle of the sum- -4 
mer, but there is harvest somewhere on the, olobe 
every month in the year. At this time tlir ,,, ,,,,i. 
are harvesting in various parts of South America, 
New Zealand and Australia. Were the whole 
world Christianized, harvest meetings would be in 
order every month. We also have our harvest 
seasons in the church; that is when we are pre- 
sumed to gather members into the fold. This 
usually happens during the fall and winter. But 
in reality seed time -and harvest for the church 
should last the year through. The good seed,— the 
Word of God,— should be planted in the hearts 
of the people on every favorable occasion, and 
then we should cultivate the soil well, and at all 
times be prepared to gather in the sheaves. We 
need not wait for revival seasons, but strive to 
induce sinners to come to Christ every day in the 
year, and thus have a revival that will last the 
year round. 


Number Twenty-seven. 

Seventh Day, Tuesday, Oct. IJ, 'qj. 
After a peaceful night and an enjoyable enter- 
tainment in our tent dining hall, we came forth 
refreshed and ready to fill the programme for the 
day. The first is to be a boat ride on the sea. 
This has been arranged for, the boats and boatmen 
are in readiness, and we all enter, ^.ur object- 
ive point being, first, the ancient site of Caperna- 
um. After a faithful rowing of several hours over 
the placid face of this lovely sea, we land at the 
place, now grown over with weeds, and that which 
ains of the ancient city buried beneath the 
debris. And, indeed, is this the Capernaum so 
favored by the Master, — and yet so exalted of 
herself as to reject him? Listen what he says 
(Matt. II: 23): "And thou Capernaum, which art 
exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to 
hell." Never was there a prophecy more literally 
fulfilled than this. We were told that the ruins of 


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the once proud city that yet remained, a few years 
ago, were buried, lest they should be carried away, 
thus most literally fulfilling the woe pronounced 
upon it by the Master. It is now a miserable vil- 
lage of a dozen huts, occupied by a people quite as 
miserable-looking as the huts in which they stay. 

From here we took boat again and rowed to 
Bethsaida. As a woe was also placed upon it, the 
same sad fate has followed. So completely has it 
been destroyed and buried, that for centuries its 
location could not be identified, and even now the 
place is held in question. 

In our youthful study of the Bible, in some 
and we don't now know how, we got most gl 
pictures of these cities and their location o 
shores of the Galilee, and, somehow, we neve 
them changed. While our judgment told u 
fcrcntly, the early impressions made rem 
and when the real came to our view, we were dis- 
appointed. O, how sin does deform and annihi- 
late that which, by grace and righteousness is so 
lovely and charming! Here, it is thought, Christ 
fed the 5,000, and now we have only a few mis- 
erable-looking Beduins, who, seemingly, are in 
need of bread for their bodies as well as for their 
souls, and, — we may add, — clothes too. 

Alter eating nur lunch we again take the boat, 
glad to get away from scenes that give sadness 
of heart, as well as disappointment. On our way 
homeward the boatmen were rowing leisurely, while 
some of our party were lying down in the boat and 
had fallen asleep All at once, our boatmen ceased 
their rowing, and commenced spreading the sail. 
We were made to wonder what was wrong, as we 
did not notice anything to change the operations. 
But their experienced eyes had taken in the situa- 
tion. A storm was coming, and they were pre- 
paring for it. And they were not mistaken, for 
soon the storm was upon us and we had a good 
shading. This again reminded us of a Christ 
scene at this place (Mark 4: 37 ): "And there 
arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat 
into the ship, so that it was 
did we think of so sudden i 
before, it was quite calm, 
easily these things could be changed I 

Do you ask what we saw? The whole of the 
sea; the location of the cities that once surrounded 
it; the country of Gadara on the other side, and, 
further north, the "steep hill" down which the 
herd of swine ran and were drowned in the sea. 
We suppose this circumstance put the Gadarenes 
out of the notion of hog-raising, and their neigh- 
bors and successors as well, because we are seeing 
none in all the country around. If ten thousand 
times ten thousand more herds of them would do 
the same thing, perhaps the world would be quite 
as well off. 

Eighth Day, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 'oj. 

After an early breakfast we started over the 
hills and by the Mount of Beatitudes, or Horns of 
Hattan, the place where Christ fed 5,000, and 
here the Jews show the grave of Jethro. At a dis- 
tance we saw Mt. Tabor. Also saw Gath-hepher, 
where Jonah was born, a small city on a hill 
From here we took our last look at the historic 
Galilee, and thanked God that we were permitted 
to see the place where his dear Son did so many 
wonderful works, and around which so many hal- 
lowed recollections cluster. 

On the west of us we passed Safed, a city of 25,- 
000 inhabitants, and a Jewish stronghold, they hav- 
ing a school there and nineteen synagogues. 
Among the Sephardin Jews there, polygamy is 
still practiced and, according to their traditions 
the Messiah is to come from this place. As the 
city is built on a very high hill and can be seen 
from all the surrounding country, it is supposed 
that Christ referred to this city in his beatitudeal 
sermon on the Mount, as from this place it is 

11," etc. Little 
2, btcause, just 
linded us, how 

14), "A city that is set 
ir by 

plainly in view (Matt. 5 
on a hill cannot be hid." 

We ate our lunch in an olive orchard, near 
Cana of Galilee, the picture city of our boyhood 
days, — the place where Christ, as a young man, 
with his mother, attended a marriage and per- 
formed his first miracle. Did you ever picture in 
your minds what a lovely village this was, with 
its neat cottages, shady streets and fountains of 
sweet, sparkling water? Perhaps you have seen, 
in your old Family Bible, a picture of the place, 
in connection with beautifully-clad women and 
maidens. You may also have seen the jars, and 
the filling them with water. And as you thought 
of the place, the occasion and the guests, you 
said: " How nice, how lovely! " -^ 

Well, these imageries are fine, and while we had 
a great desire to see, with our own eyes, the place 
where this very interesting Bible narrative took 
place, we were made sad to have our "mind pic- 
ture" of it so completely demolished. How do 
you think we found it? One of the most dirty, 
miserable and poverty-stricken villages that we 
yet found. Everybody, animals, etc., seemed to 
be in a starving condition. Dead horses and don- 
keys were lying around, and the living animals were 
so poor and ill fed that death would be a happy 
excr-ange. The hovels are built of stone and mud, 
with entrances only large enough to crawl in. The 
inside of tl.em looked more like dog kennels or 
donkey stables, than homes for human beings. 
The inhabitants were quite in harmony with their 
surroundings, — men and women partly clothed, 
and many of the children naked. We were taken 
into a Greek church where we were shown two 
large stone jars, which, they say, are the jars that 
were used by Christ in turning the water into 
wine. Such shams and impositions are entirely 
out of harmony with our way of thinking, and de- 
velop our innermost disgust. While we have no 
do 1 bt but what the Cana of the Christ was located 
on this hill, and that it was then, a beautiful place, 
it made us sick at heart to have it plastered over 
with the present picture of misery and desolation. 
But rob a place of thi 

/ely insp 
here is 
ro. Binga 

:ion of the 
at we have 
n, we were 
want to see 

mall valley, and over 
ve came to Nazareth, 
How often we have 
boyhood of the one 
:w the world to him- 

Christ-life, and what 
left. In the words of our Br 
all united: "Good-bye, Can; 
you any more." 

After passing through a 
a very steep and rocky hill, 
the boyhood home of Christ 
thought of this place, and th 
whose life, words and love di 
self! About the place we would have much to say, 
but to confine all within the idea of Glimpses, 
we must necessarily be brief. 

After our camp was set, our dragoman conducted 
us through the city and we were shown the two 
places claimed as- the annunciation of Christ, one 
by the Greek Church and the other by the Latin or 
Roman Catholics. One is quite as probable as the 
other. Both places are now covered by churches 
and, after descending some fifteen steps, you are 
shown a small chamber and an alt 
dies are always kept burning, 
are these words: "Hie verbum , 
(" Here the Word was made flesh, 
is marked the place where the angel stood, etc. 
Then we were taken to Joseph's carpenter shop, to 
the synagogue where Christ preached, and were 
shown a large rock surface on which Christ ate 
with his disciples. Here, also, is a fragment of a 
column, depending from the ceiling, which is said 
to be miraculously supported, above the place 
where the Virgin received the angel's message. 
May 10, 1291, tradition says, that the sacred dwell- 
ing was carried, by angels, to prevent its desecra- 
tion, to different places, and, finally, to Lerota, 
Italy, where it still attracts numerous pilgrims. 

on which can- 
On the altar 
ro factum est." 
Close by this 

All these things are the outgrowth of fertile brains, 
but believed by this simple people as firmly as 
they believe in the Christ himself. 

Nazareth is, comparatively speaking, rather a 
pretty town, pleasantly located and well built of 
stone. As it lies facing the West, it makes a pret- 
ty picture in the evening, before sunset, as it is 
thus lighted, the fronts of the white houses make 
quite a dazzling appearance, though the people 
are poor and the streets narrow and dirty. On 
our return to camp we had the honor of a call 
from a large number of the citizens, men, women, 
children, sellers of purple and beggars. Some 
could speak the English and treated us very court- 

Ninth Day, Thursday, Oct. iy, 'qj. 

As we leave Nazareth, we come to a declivity of 
rocks, on a mount near by, where, it is said, Christ 
was taken, and cast himself down. We enter the 
plains, and go up to the village of Nain, where 
Christ healed the widow's son. O, that the Christ 
could be here now and heal this miserable people 
from their sins, and minister to their physical need, 
raise them morally and lead them away from 
their superstitions! How very sad is the condi- 
tion of a Christless people! Like Cana, it is a 
village of mud and stones, as filthy and poverty- 
stricken as it is possible for a place to appear. It 
is located on the western side of Little Hermon, 
and in close proximity to a limestone valley that 
would need only a little good culture to make it 

Further on and North is Endor, a town of Ma- 
nassah, where the spirit of Samuel was raised by 
the witch and consulted by Saul on the eve of 
the disastrous battle of Gilboa (1 Sam. 28: 7). 
From here we again enter the great valley and see 
the ruins of Fuleh and Af-Fuleh, the great Water- 
loo of the plains, as here were fought the great bat- 
tles of Jehu and Azariah, Saladin and the Crusa- 
ders, and Napoleon and the Turks. Drenched in 
human blood it was left to desolation. 

Next we come to Shunem, where is laid the pret- 
ty Bible story of Elisha and the Shunammite wom- 
an (2 Kings 4: 8). The place is of no importance 
now, but the scene of the woman and the prophet 
came to us with unusual vividness, as we stood on 
the supposed ruins. 

From here we go to Jezreel, situated on a spur 
of the Gilboa Mountains. Here it was that great 
battle was fought between Saul and the Philistines, 
and where the fatal arrow, though unaimed, found 
the death spot, and the great warrior fell. After- 
wards it was the residence of King Ahab and 
Jezebel, and on these, then-vine-clad hills lay the 
vineyard of Naboth. What wonderful scenes were 
played on this Mount, and what a history could 
be written were the facts known! This is the 
great Valley of Esdraelon which, by proper culti- 
vation, might be made fat in productions. As we 
looked at it and compared it with some of the 
great valleys of the United States, we were made 
to think of the hundreds of happy homes that, un- 
der a benign government, might be dotted over 
the whole plain. Though everywhere is seen 
sterility and poverty, it is not because the possi- 
bilities are wanting in the land, but the trouble is 
with the government and the people. 

Onward and southward we go till Jerim is 
reached, when we again enter camp for the day. 
This is a small town of some 3,000 inhabitants, 
well located, with rather pleasant surroundings. 
Olives, pomegranates, palms and figs grow here in 
abundance. But the people have an unsavory 
reputation. A good guard was necessary, as in all 
our camping places, to insure us against being dis- 
turbed during the night, or having our belongings 
stolen. It is in the territory of Issachar, and is 
thought to be the " Garden-spring," — En-gannim 
of Joshua 19:21:21: 29, and is on the main road 
leading from Nazareth to Jerusalem. h. b. b. 

January 18, 18 


When on my day of life the night is falling, 

And, in the winds from unsunned spaces blown 
I hear far voices out of darkness calling 

My feet to paths unknown. 
Thou who hast made my home of life so pleasant, 

Leave not its tenant when its walls decay. 
Oh, Love divine, Oh, Helper ever present 

Be thou my strength and stay! 
Be near me when all else is from me drifting, 

Earth, sky, home's pictures, days of shade and shine, 
And kindly faces to mine own uplifting 

The love which answers mine. 
I have but thee, Oh, Father! Let thy Spirit 

Be with me then to comfort and uphold; 
No gate of pearl, no branch of palm, 1 merit, 

Nor street of shining gold. 
Suffice it if, — my good and ill unreckoned, 

And both forgiven through thy abounding grace, — 
1 find myself by hands familiar beckoned 

Unto my fitting place: 
Some humble door among thy many mansions. 

Some sheltering shade where sin and striving cease, 
And flows forever through heaven's green expansions 

The river of thy peace. 

There, from the music round about me stealing 
I fain would learn the new and holy song, 

And find, at last, beneath thy trees of healing, 
The life for which f long. 

—J. G. Whitticr, in March A Han tic. 



Number Three. 

" For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no s 
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."- 
Cor. 5:21. 

Whenever Man's Works or Man's Obedience Enter 
a Factor in the Work of Righteousness, he Cannot have 
an Absolute but Only a Relative Degree of Holiness. 

If Christ cannot give us complete and full sancti- 
fication, absolute holiness, by standing in our stead, 
how can we hope to make the sacrifice better or 
richer by our poor, imperfect service? " For by 
one offering he hath perfected forever them that 
are sanctified." Heb. 10: 14. " But we are all as 
an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as 
filthy rags." Isaiah 64: 6. 

Take an old rag and drag it through the sewer, 
and you have a picture, — a fit likeness, — of all our 
righteousnesses. Why should any one want to sew 
the old dirty rag of his own works, of his own obe- 
dience, into the pure, white garments of Christ's 
righteousness? You spoil it, my brother. Stop 
sewing in your old filthy patch and clothe yourself 
in the pure righteousness of Jesus, your Savior. A 
sinner will give up his sins, sooner than a moral 
man will give up the thought of merit in his good 

There are too many professors of religion who are 
only moral men. They think they have patched 
Christ upon their old filthy rag of works. This 
patched arrangement will not do; we must throw 
away our old garment of good works, and accept 
righteousness from the hand of God as a gracious 

It is hard, it is humiliating, to think we are noth- 
ing, to realize that we can have no part in helping 
to make the righteousness that saves, that sancti- 
fies, that makes holy and perfect in God's sight. 

It mortifies our pride to be compelled to drop ev- 
erything, even our own good works, our own obedi- 
ence and plead the merit of Christ alone. 

Failing to surrender everything, we can hold on- 
ly a relative degree of holiness, and must and will 
be condemned in God's sight. 

We can hear the man, who is making his works a 
factor in the works of righteousness, saying, " We 
can do nothing good of ourselves, but by God's as- 
sistance we can do something." By God's help we 
can and will do much, but nothing in the way of 
helping to merit holiness; this is a free gift, J 


Can we think of adding to Christ's completed 
work? God forbid, but may we not surrender all 
and receive Christ, our righteousness? 

We hear the man who is depending upon his 
works to help merit eternal life saying, " The com- 
mands of Jesus arc not our works, but they are 
God's works committed to our hands. God's ordi- 
nances are means of growth and not factors helping 
to purchase our deliverance from the bondage of 
sin. Our deliverance is completely and wholly and 
eternally purchased by Christ, if we will only ac- 
cept the gracious gift spotless from his hands. 

It is impossible for us to be absolutely free from 
doubt and hold on to our works or our obedience, 
as a factor in helping to purchase our sanctification, 
our righteousness, our perfection, our holiness. 
Whenever we make our obedience a factor, all these 
divine qualities are relative and not absolute. No 
man can come into God's presence justified who 
holds only a relative degree of holiness. We musl 
become absolutely holy, absolutely freed from sin 
else we will be banished from God's presence 
" Now to him that worketh is the reward not reck 
oned of grace, but of debt." Rom. 4: 3. The mat 
who makes his work a factor in the work of santifi 
cation has but little use for Jesus— God owes hirr 
something and he claims it upon the merit of his 
own works. 

" But to him that worketh not, but bel 
him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted 
for righteousness. Even as David also describeth 
the blessedness of the man, unto whom God im 
puteth righteousness without works, saying, Bless 
ed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whos 
sins are covered." Rom. 4: 5-7. 

To him that worketh not, — this cannot be sai' 
of the man who gets his works in as a factor in th 
work of man's justification. " Unto whom God im 
puteth righteousness without works." Remembei 
WITHOUT WORKS. Works spoil it all, and w 
have no assurance, no life, no salvation, but " the 
righteousness of God which is by faith of Jcsu: 
Christ unto all and upon all them that believe. 
Rom. 3: 22 does justify. 

" Therefore being justified by faith, we hav< 
peace with, God through our Lord Jesus Christ.' 
Rom. 5: 1. Justified by faith, not by work's 
Whenever we put our works in as a means of justi 
fication, we cannot have peace with God. Christ i: 
our righteousness. In him we have reconciliation 
in him we live, move, and have our being spiritual 


We work because we are justified, because we 
are holy, because we are perfect and not in order to 
become perfect. 

Biidgewatcr, Va 




The Rev. Dr. Dixon preached a most scathing 
sermon, recently, in the Academy of Music, New 
York, on " The Failure of Protestantism." Wc 
quote from his sermon, reported as follows: " In 
the Methodist church which is the most aggressive 
church of our times, there was a membership in 
New York, last year, of 17,309, divided among 
eighty-six churches. The members subscribed last 
year $550,000, and there was 84,100,000 invested 
money besides. All this capital resulted in a gain 
of 241 members during the year. In the Baptist 
church the average gain is two hundred and sixteen 
iibers, with a membership of 18,000, an income 
of S500.000, and an invested capital of §4,000,000. 
same state of affairs prevails in the Presbyteri- 
an church, notwithstanding its immense wealth and 
power. The men have destroyed the churches of 
New York. There are 1,000 secret orders in New 
York, and they have not a single woman member. 
There are three hundred churches, the membership 
of which is three-fourlhs women." 
The foregoing would seem almost incredible, but 
Dm information gathered from other sources I 
give the Doctor's statement full credit, and a most 
pitiful story it is. It looks very much as if some of 

our American cities are approaching the low level 
of the European cities, that our traveling editorial 
brethren have been telling us of recently. Upon 
the growing curse of secrecy we are too silent. 
What vast numbers of Brethren's children are be- 
ing drawn into the net of secrecy by which they are 
lost— lost to the church! The Christian Cynosure, 
published at 221 West Madison St., Chicago, is an 
able journal, showing the evils of secrecy, and it 
deserves more patronage from our brethren. Send 
for a sample copy. 

I seldom stop to read the sermons published in 
the various papers, except those by Sptugeon. 
From one of his sermons delivered just before his 
death, I clip the following. Subject, » No Room 
for Jesus." " Then there are the schools of phil- 
osophy, surely they will entertain him. The wise 
men will find in him inveterate wisdom; he who in 
his youth is to become the teacher of doctors, who 
will sit down and ask them questions and receive 
their answers; surely he will find room at once 
among the Grecian sages, and men of wit and re- 
nown will honor him. No, dear friends, but it is 
not so: there is but very little room for Christ in 
colleges and universities, very little room for him in 
the seats of learning. How often learning helps 
men to raise objections to Christ? Too often learn- 
ing is the forge where the nails are made for Christ's 
crucifixion, too often human wit has become the ar- 
tificer who has pointed the spear and made the 
shall with which his heart should be pierced. We 
must say it that philosophy, falsely so called (for 
true philosophy, if it were honored aright, must ev- 
er be Christ's friend). Philosophy, falsely so-called, 
hath done mischief to Christ, but seldom hath \t 
served his cause. True, a few, with splendid tal- 
ents, a few of the erudite and profound, have bowed 
like children at the feet of the babe of Bethlehem, 
and have been honored in bowing there; but too 
many, conscious of their knowledge, stiff and stern 
in their conceit of wisdom, have said, " Who is 
Christ that we should acknowledge him? They 
have found no room for him in their schools." 

How sad and yet oh! how true. This recent 
higher criticism that is being waged against the 
Bible, it is sad to tell, comes from universities, sem- 
inaries, and schools of theology. The Presbyterians 
have been deposing some of their most talented 
men for teaching that certain portions of the Bible 
are uninspired. They found their headquarters in 
their schools of learning. 

It should not be forgotten that history continues 
to repeat itself. 

1. Ancient Israel wanted to have a king to be like 
other nations. Portions of our loving Brotherhood 
want certain changes, so as to be like other church- 
es. Some of them have reached that point, to 
their sorrow, however, like ancient Israel. 

2. Our Gospel usages and rules that render us 
" a peculiar people" that show that we are" separate," 
" chosen out of the world!' is receiving much oppo- 
sition from some in our Brotherhood. It is to be 
feared, and it is to be regretted it any of them 
should have come from any of our schools. The 
pitiful story named by Spurgeon is repeating itself 
too frequently. I am glad, however, that we have 
brethren and sisters who have passed through these 
schools of learning, and yet their knowledge 
gained did not have the ruinous effect of their 
being "puffed up," but it humbled them and they 

.re rising up as pillars in defense of their Master's 
uffering cause. 
Covington, Ohio. 

Jesus was a busy man. For over three years he 
worked almost day and night. He probably 
preached more or less every day, and some days 
several times, and yet only one of his sermons, that 
upon the Mount, has been transmitted to us with 
anything like completeness. In the last verse of 
his record, John tells us that if all that Jesus 
said and did had been written, the world itself 



January 18, 1896. 

would not contain the books. Yet, enough has 
been handed down to us to prove that Jesus is 
Christ, and that believing we might have life 
through his name. We need no more to make life 
a success, though we know that much was said 
many things done of which we have no record. Fol- 
lowing this line of thought we clip the following 
from the Literary Digest: 

The existence of extra-canonical sayings of 
Christ lias been acknowledged all along by students 
of church history. The difficulty existed and still 
exists in their identification. The oldest writers 
of the church, such as Justin the Martyr, Origen, 
Clemens of Alexandria, and others, have in their 
writings, handed down as sayings of the Lord, not 
a few statements not to be found in the Gospels. 
The sayings are called the Agraplw, i. e„ the Un- 
written, in contrast to the Engrapha, or those pre- 
served by the evangelists. These tigrapha are 
found everywhere in the earliest literature. The 
great Hebraist, Dclitzscli, in his interesting sketch 
called " A Day in Capernaum," claims that even 
in the Talmud there are such unrecorded utteran- 
ces of Jesus Christ. The fact of the matter is that 
many of the recorded parables, such as the tares 
among the wheat, Dives, and others found in the 
New Testament, can be paralleled in the Jewish 
literature of the times. Every petition of the 
Lord's Prayer has its counterpart in the Mishna 
and other Jewish writings. Why rould not these 
sayings of Christ, not recorded by Matthew, Mark, 
Luke, and John, but which circulated as living tra- 
dition in the earliest period of Christianity, have 
been appropriated by Jewish writers? 

1. The fact of the existence of such agrapha is 
demonstrated by the Scriptures themselves. In 
Acts 20: 35, the words, " It is more blessed to give 
than to receive," are by Paul claimed to be a cita- 
tion from a discourse of the Lord. Yet in our 
written Gospels we hear nothing of such a senti- 
ment falling from his lips. Here, then, we cer- 
tainly have such an agraphon, picked up by Paul 
from the abundance of tradition current among the 
primitive Christians concerning the doings and 
sayings of Christ. How many more of such agra- 
pha may be incorporated in the other books of the 
New Testament, without being expressly ascribed 
to Jesus, we have no means of knowing. It is easi- 
ly possible that we have in the Pauline and other 
writings quite a number of Christ's sayings which 
we no longer recognize as such. It is certain that 
there were collections of such sayings in the early 
church which have been lost. The most famous 
of these are the Logia of Papiias, quoted by the 
historian Eusebius, and regarded by him as the 
basis of the original Matthew. 

2. Another such extra-canonical saying reads: 
" Be good, money-changer. Prove all things; hold 
fast that which is good; abstain from every form 
of evil." This is the best attested agraphon in Pa- 
tristic literature, and is quoted frequently by the 
fathers. The latter part is at once recognized as 
found in I Thess. 5: 21, 22, where, however, Paul 
does not state that this is a citation from Christ. 
Origen, the great church father, in his Commen- 
tary on Matt. 17: 31, expressly states that these 
were the words of the Lord. It is claimed that 
here Paul, as he is thought to have done in many 
other places, made use of a saying of Christ with- 
out indicating it as such. 

3. " He who is near unto me is near unto a fire: 
he who is far from me is far from the kingdom." 
This saying is expressly ascribed to Christ by Ori- 
gen in his sermon on Jer. 30: 3, and is also men- 
tioned as such by Didymus of Alexandria. Origen 
does not state the exact source of this agraphon, 
but introduces it with the words: "I have some- 
where read this Word of the Lord." The senti- 
ment of the first part is in harmony with Luke 12: 
19 and Matt. 10: 34. 

4. " For the sake of the weak, I became weak: 
for the sake of the hungry, I have hungered; for 
the sake of the thirsty I have suffered thirst." 
This is claimed by Origen, in his comment on Matt. 

8: 2, to be a saying of the Lord. The sentiment is 
akin to that of Paul in 1 Cor. 9: 22. 

5. "Let not the sun go down over your wrath." 
These words are indeed found in Eph. 4: 24, but 
not as a dictum of the Lord. In Adamontitus' 
' Dialogs Concerning the True Faith,' they are as- 
cribed to Christ, and his claim is reiterated by oth- 
er early Christian writers. This agreement with 
the sentiments of the Lord as expressed in Matt. 
5: 24, 25, is apparent at a glance. 

These are but a few specimens of the agrapha 
that can be traced in Patristic writings. A full 
collection of them, in the original tongues, with 
all the variant readings, has been made recently 
by Pastor Albert Resch, a German scholar of note, 
and published in the series of "Texts and Investi- 
gations in Early Church Literature," edited by 
Harnack and Gebhardt. 




"... A sword shall pierce through thine own soul also." — 
Luke 2: 35- 

The porch of Solomon's temple was supported 
by two immense brazen pillars. The one on the 
right was called Jachin, which, being interpreted 
means "God shall establish." The other on the 
left was Boaz, which means fleeting, passing away. 

Why « ere those pillars thus named? No doubt 
to teach those who entered the temple that what 
God sets up lasts forever; that what man devises 
passeth away. Worshipers entering in at the 
hours of prayer, while passing under the arched 
and slately porch, would unavoidably contemplate 
those two great pillars of brass. No doubt they 
knew their names. While casting their eyes upon 
the right pillar, Jachin, the idea of God's eternity 
helm them; while beholding the pillar 
set upon the left,— Boaz — the idea of maris evan- 
would " so teach them to number their days 
as to apply their hearts unto wisdom." Grand 
thoughts, eloquent exhortations were those two 
pillars to Jewish worshipers! Oh! if every time we 
nter the house of God, his eternity and our tran- 
toriness could pervade our whole being, what 
lessing we should derive from the services of 
the sanctuary! But, alas, we go there with our 
rldly thoughts, and worldly cares, and wicked 
propensities. No wonder if we go back to our 
homes unblest! "Ye fight and war, yet ye have 
not because ye ask not. Ye ask and receive not, 
because ye ask amiss! " 

the capitals or heads of those two pil- 
owned with wreaths of lilies and pome- 
granates engraved in the metal. The pure, the 
shining white lily, is emblematic of joy or pure 
pleasure. The pomegranate, with its countless lit- 
son drops and innumerable reddish berries, 
ompressed together into irregular 
angular forms, represented sorrow and anguish; 
still better- a bleeding heart! Hence, the other 
lesson which Solomon intended to teach by that 
entwining of the stainless lily and the bleeding 
fruit was that, in the service of God as in the life 
of the world, there are ever mingled together joy 
and sorrow, happiness and anguish, the white lily 
of pure pleasures and blood-drops wrung from a 
heart in pain! 

Joseph the carpenter, and his young wife Mary, 
also beheld the same brazen pillars with the lilies 
and pomegranates entwined in their uppermost 
part, but with the thought that He who "shall 
establish " was now slumbering in the Virgin's arm! 
And when old Simeon prophesied that the "fruit 
of the womb" would be "a light to lighten the 
Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel," his 
words were AV.W.-sweet joys for Mar>'s heart. 
But when he added, " This child is set for the fall 
and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign 
which shall be spoken against; yea, a sword shall 
pierce through thine own soul also," these words 
were the po m egra,iates,- V zmin\ blood-drops ooz- 


ing from the pierced heart of the mother 

From that day lilies and pomegranates forever 
twined about the heart of Mary. The lily, — when 
he was " subject unto her " and "increased in wis- 
dom, and stature, and in favor with God and man," 
the lily, — when she fled to Egypt and saved her 
son from the sword of Herod's cruel emissaries. 
The lily, — when, at the age of twelve, he sat in the 
midst of the doctors, confounding them with ques- 
tions. The lily, — when, at Cana of Galilee, he 
turned water into wine and " manifested forth his 
glory." The lily, — when he " taught as one having 
authority and not as the Scribes." The lily, — 
when he wrought miracles, and "his fame went 
throughout all Syria, and he healed all manner of 
sickness and all manner of diseases among the peo- 
ple." The lily when he rose from the dead, and 
ascended to his Father and our Father, his God 
and our God! 

But it was the pomegranate when this holy wom- 
an knew her Son to be the One " despised and re- 
jected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted 
with grief." The pomegranate, — when he was de- 
nied and betrayed by two of his disciples. The 
pomegranate, — when he was apprehended, ill- 
treated by rough, Roman soldiers, and arraigned 
before Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate and Herod. The 
pomegranate, — when she saw his hands and feet 
nailed to the cross, and his side pierced with a 
spear. The pomegranate when the multitude, 
passing by, reviled him, wagging their heads and 
saying, " He saved others; himself he cannot save." 
The pomegranate when he was brought down from 
the cross a lifeless corpse; when he was wrapped 
in his shroud and gently laid in Joseph's new tomb! 
Truly, a sword did pierce through her very soul, — 
the seat of physical affections, and consequently 
of maternal love! 

We stand upon the threshold of another year. 
Its porch, bearing the date 1896, is supported by 
two pillars. On the right is Jachin, testifying of 
God's eternity, "Thou art God from everlasting 
and world without end." On the left stands Boaz, A 

to remind us of the shortness and uncertainty of ',1 

human life: " Man that is born of a woman is of 
few days and full of trouble." . . . 

Before entering it, let us look up! Lilies and 
pomegranates crown each pillar that we may learn 
the deep, serious lesson which we witness around 
us every day; that, in the coming year, sweet and 
bitter, laughter and tears, joy and grief, happiness 
and anguish may be twined about our lives and 
strewing our steps. And while its doors are al- 
ready wide opened, inviting us in, see you not 
old Simeon, Father Time, greeting you with — "a 
sword shall pierce through thine own soul also?" 

Reader, shall his portentous words, with the 
deep lessons of the brazen pillars and their capitals 
of wreathed lilies and pomegranates, alarm you? 

They did not alarm the Virgin Mary! If sad 
was to be her motherhood, she was determined to 
make the best of it, not in hardening and brazing 
her heart, but in putting her whole trust in him, 
whom, previous to his birth, she called "God my 
Savior! " How brave she was as, standing beneath 
the cross, she witnessed, with incomparable forti- 
tude, the intense sufferings of her beloved child! 

Now, reader, has grace been given you to bear, 
as bravely as Christ's mother, whatever God shall 
see fit to send you during the coming year, wheth- 
er loss, sickness, sorrow or hopes frustrated? And 
should he now thrust a sword within your very 
soul, could you go on through life without faint- 
ing or succumbing,— the painful blood-drops ooz- 
ing through your pierced heart? . . . 

Could you endure less than that? A thorn in 
the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet you? If 
Paul and Mary could, why not you and I? Is the 
grace of Christ limited? Is it the exclusive pre- 
rogative of his kindred and contemporaries? No, 
but the gift of all ages, of all those who seek it, 
ask it, pray for it. 

Therefore, before setting your foot upon the 
threshold of another year, like Mary hold the Sav- 
ior in your firms I To enter the temple of the dark, 

January 18, 1896. 



mysterious future, pressing the Infant Christ aga. 
your heart ',— that is grace! To possess Jesus before 
the soul is pierced through and through with a 
sword is the secret of all patience, serenity, com- 
posedness! Take him therefore, O child of God, 
upon thy bosom, and go forward fearlessly with 
the Infant Christ into the dark mysterious future. 
His presence is sufficient for thee! 
Smyrna, Asia Minor. 



We mean by assisting a minister, to render such 
material help as will recompense him wholly or 
in part for the time he is required to spend in the 
service of the church. If he has a family for which 
to provide it is neither just nor right that he must 
devote a large portion of his time to the labor of 
the church, and thereby neglect the wants of his 
household, simply because he is a minister. On 
the other hand it is not reasonable that the care of 
providing for those dearest to him should be en- 
tirely removed from his shoulders, and assumed by 
others, just because he has an official position. 

For the missionary or evangelist who puts all 
his time to the work, it is well that all his needs 
be supplied, but for the common minister, whose 
week days are largely his own, it is enough if he 
receives proper assistance, such as the ca*e may 

Paul received much assistance while he was 
preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, yet he still 
labored with his own hands at his trade of tent- 
making, so that he would not be burdensome to 
the churches. In many of his epistles he urges the 
churches to assist their ministers. From the law 
of Moses, which commands that the mouth of the 
ox should not be muzzled while treading out the 
corn, he reasons that they who preach the Gospel, 
should live of the Gospel. We understand that 
the ox was free to eat while treading out the corn, 
but when not so engaged, he did not have free ac- 
cess to his master's threshing floor, and that he 
who preached the Gospel once a week could hard- 
ly expect to live of the Gospel all the time. Paul 
commands that we should bear one another's bur- 
dens and so fulfill the law of Christ. From this 
and many other Scriptures we are irresistibly 
brought to the conclusion that it is the duty of the 
church to assist her ministers. But how shall this 
be done? 

To understand the nature and extent of the as- 
sistance ministers ought to receive, it is necessary 
to know the real position they occupy in Christ's 
kingdom. In the civil and military organizations 
of the world, the officers are rulers and masters 
over the common masses. In Christ's kingdom it 
is not so. He himself says, " He that is greatest 
among you shall be your servant." Matt. 23: 11. 
A servant is not one who commands, but one who 
serves. He who serves is generally beneath him 
who is served. He may be his equal, but he is 
never above him. Our ministers have all been 
chosen from among the laity. Being set apart for 
the ministry makes some change in a man. It 
will not change his nature, opinions. likes or prej- 
udices, though it will modify them a little. The 
responsibility it places upon him, and the near- 
ness it brings him to his Maker, will make him a 
little more serious, careful and thoughtful than he 
was before. If he was industrious, he may become 
a little more so. If he was indolent and shiftless, 
that will not leave him. It will not give him any 
more talent, but affords him better opportunities 
to improve that which he has. It is expected that 
his spiritual life become a little stronger and 
brighter than it was before, and that, in all things, 
he become an example to the flock. This, how- 
ever, still leaves him on the same plane socially, 
morally and intellectually as are the laity. We all 
stand on a common level. When John fell down to 
worship that high angel, who was delegated to 
show him the mysteries of heaven and the things 


that were to come to pass, the angel 
thou do it not; I am thy fellow-servant, and of th 
brethren that have the testimony of Jesus." Rev. 
that angel was not only the 
e, but of the apostle's 
ve the testimony of Jesus, which 
1 to the plane of the lowliest be- 
how much more do our ministers 
on level with the laity? God has 
ministers should be of the corn- 
that they can reach the common 

If, th 
fellow-servant of th 
brethren, who have 
brings him dow 
liever among us, 
stand on a comn 
ordained that hi: 
mon people, so 

Since it is necessary that the minister stands on 
the common level with the people, we believe that, 
when a man is called to the ministry, he should be 
left in the same position in which he is found. If 
n good circumstances, he will be able to 
re of himself, and ought to be thankful that 
>w has the opportunity of applying some of 
me and means to his Master's service. K he 
Dr, it is not necessary to take him out of the 
in which he has long been at home, and put 
nto a large house. He should he left in the 
e to which he is accustomed, for there will 
to labor most effectually. Take him 

take 1 


he be able 

from his home and put him in new environments 

and he would be as unable to cope with the enemy, 

as was the young David in King Saul's armor, 

while, with his homely sling, he might do good 


But the church who calls a poor man 'to the min- 
istry should be very careful to see that the extra 
labors that are placed upon him do not make 
him poorer than he was. If he has not the books 
and papers that he needs, let the church furnish 
them. If he has no conveyance to the place of 
meeting where he is expected to be, the church 
should supply him. If he is called from home 
through the week to solemnize marriage, to bap- 
tize, to anoint the sick or to preach a funeral, he 
ought to be remunerated, — not for his work and 
his preaching, for God himself will reward him for 
that, — but for the time he loses from his own 
labor at home. If those who call him are in such 
circumstances that they can pay him for his time, 
they ought to do so, but if they cannot or do not, 
it would seem to be the duty of the church to see 
to it that he loses nothing by going. If he is a 
farmer he will lose more by being called from hi 
work during the busy season than merely day: 
wages, and at such time it were better to furnis 
him a good hand in his stead. 

To get this assistance in a systematic shape, s 
it would not be neglected, the church could a[ 
point a faithful brother of good judgment, wh 
lives near the minister, to watch over his affaii 
while he is gone, and to give him such assistanc 
as would put him in the same condition he woul 
be in if he had not been called av/ay, and dra' 
upon the church treasury to meet all su<*h e> 

Burdick, Ky. 




, for 7<m. 26, . 

Time.— Summer of A. D. 28, more than a year 
after the baptism of Jesus. 

Place.— Galilee, the northern of the three divi- 
sions into which Palestine was divided in the time 
of Christ, Samaria being the central and Judea the 
southern division. 

Persons.— Jesus, the minister of the synagogue, 
and the people of Nazareth. 

Introductory. — After the baptism of Jesus, with 
which event our last lesson closed, he was led of 
the Spirit into the wilderness where he was sub- 
jected to fort) days of temptation. Upon his re- 
1 from the wilderness to the neighborhood of 
baptism he was met by the Baptist and his 
disciples, when John and Andrew, and soon after 
Simon, Philip and Nathanael, became disciples of 

the Lord. They then traveled northward into Gal- 
ilee, attended the marriage feast at Cana, visited 
Capernaum, and then returned to Jerusalem to at- 
tend the Passover, when Jesus cleansed the temple 
and conversed with Nicodemus by night. Again 
after the (east he turned his footsteps toward Gal- 
ilee, and on his way through Samaria he met the 
woman at Jacob's well, as we learn from John 4. It 
was during this second visit to Galilee that the 
events of this lesson occurred. 


1. Me kept whnt he got. "Jesus returned in the 
power of the Spirit into Galilee." As he came up 
from Jordan after his baptism Jesus was honored 
and blessed with a special bestowment of the Spirit 
and the special recognition of his Father. Jesus 
kept all he got of this blessing, and as he went 
forth in his ministry of love and salvation it was 
plainly evident to those about him that he went 
" in the power of the Spirit." Let us here learn the 
bsson that only by keeping what we get in our 
Christian experience and constantly ac< umulating 
spiritual strength, may we finally attain to the 
stature of true manhood in Christ. If we are per- 
mitted to enjoy a great spiritual blessing to-day we 
ought to get strength from it that will be available 
next year. 

2. He improved his opportunities. " He taught in 
their synagogues." Here the people met for .wor- 
ship, and the Lord made it a matter of concern and 
effort to be ready at the proper time and pla^e 
where the people could be most advantageously 
reached. Much more success would attend the 
efforts of Christian workers if they would make 
more diligent effort to do the right thing at the 

rompt to see an opportunity and 
ove it should be every child of the 

right time 
prompt to i 


I. He was a preacher to the poor. "He hath 
anointrd me to preach the gospel to the pool'" 
From that time to this it has been the unchanged 
purpose of Christ tu have the Gospel preached to 
the poor. Are we doing what we can for the ac- 
complishment of this purpose? The preacher 
should do all that, in justice to his family, it is 
possible to do in carrying the Gospel to the poor. 
And what Christian dare do less? It is as much 
the duty of the laity to give as it is the duty of the 
preachers to preach. Perhaps some preachers are 
remaining at home in comparative ease and indif- 
ference, while they ought to be out preaching the 
Gospel to the poor; but if so, no doubt as great a 
proportion of the laity might be found who are not 
giv ng half what they might and ought to aid this 
great wt'rk. Let us all redouble our efforts in 
praying and preaching and giving, that those may 
hear who cannot help. 

2. He was a teacher. A part of Christ's work was 
the "recovering of sight to the blind." The blind- 
ness here spoken of is a figurative representation of 
a lack of the knowledge of Christ. As "the light 
of the world" Christ dispelled the darkness of ig- 
norance and made the blind to see. An important 
part of the work of the Lord's ministers to-day is 
to impart the knowledge of Christ, — to teach the 
ignorant. Every minister and Sunday school 
teacher should strive to be qualified to impart in- 
struction. It is easy to stand up and talk, but to be 
able to teach should be the aim and effort of every 
representative of Christ,— and that means every 

3. He was an affectionate preacher. "All bare him 
witness, and wondered at the gracious words which 
proceeded out of his mouth." His words were full 
of grace because there was grace in his heart. A 
very essential element in the preacher or teacher is 
grace, good will, heart-felt affection for his fellow- 
men. Let your congregations and your classes 
feel that you have a deep and fervent love for 
them, and you will have gone far toward securing 
their love and respect for you. And to accomplish 
this, let all your words be seasoned with grace. 

James M. Neff. 
Fruitdale, Ala. 


January 18, 1896. 


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Solomon says: "To every thing there is a season, 
and a time to every purpose under the heaven." 
Eccl. 3: 1. So it comes among the rest that there 
"is » time to dance," Eccl. 3: 4. Such being the 
case, we have only to find out the when and the 
how; for, of c 


st have it 
: dance." 

Drd with oi 

rve two 

ir work. 

" Let them praise h 

Ps. 149: 3. We have to 

ur whole lives or not at all; 

asters in our recreation no le 


"Praise him with the t 
150:4. I fancy you did r 
believing that the Bible wi 
think most people would 
cannot be done." If it ca 
dancing question should be settled once 
ever. The Lord has given you "the garn 
praise for the spirit of heaviness," Isa. 61: 3, a 
are not at liberty to lay it off for any dancin 
whatever. "Ye are a chosen generation, ; 
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar peopl 
ye should shew forth the praise of him wh 
called you out of darkness into his mar 
light." 1 Pet. 2: 9. 

The condition is absolute 


nbrel and da 
it expect this 
all against dancing, 1 
:art back and say, "It 
not, then, for you, the 
nd tor- 
rent of 
tnd you 
ig gear 
; that 

the da 



for those who like 

ind all doubts 
1 end for you. 
nto possibilitit 


: to inquii 
arch a little further 
," — has it ever been done? Never,— in 
s as we are accustomed to. But a grea' 
m the shores of the Red Sea, while the 
chanting praises of that God who had br 


dresses would lose 

nded to- 


them safe out of Egypt, the women 

gether "with timbrel and with dances 

20. No mixed dances were then obser 

dancing for joy at the great deliverance, the w^men 

answered the men,— chorus like,— "Sing ye to the 

Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously." Ex. 15: 21 

"Jephthah ( 

behold, his daughter came 
timbrels and with dances." 
women came out of all citit 
dancing, to meet king Saul 
you remember how, whe 
home to Jerusalem, 
with all his might 
joy, — we often use 
did the thing itself. 

: to Mizpeh unto his ho 

out tc 


s of Isr 

" 1 Sa 

meet hii 


meek and quiet spirit, 
their charm. 

One never likes to go where one's dress is out of 
keeping. There was music and dancing, as well as 
feasting, when the prodigal son came home,— re- 
turned from his sins, washed from his defilement, 
clothed at last in "the best robe" a sinner can 
wear. Luke 15: 10. "Thou hast turned for me my 
mourning into dancing." Ps. 30:11. Would such 
dancing be possible now? I do not know. It is 
not quite the only sort mentioned in the Bible. 
One of them, indeed, comes more properly under 
another head, and the rest are all idolatrous, in the 
service and honor of that biggest idol,— the world. 
"The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose 
up to play." Ex. 32: 6. 

You will find this is always just 
after unhallowed recreation. " One year ago," said 
a girl to me, "you told me that if I went on doing 
these things, I should myself change, that I could 
not do them and keep myself. I was almost angry 
then, but do you know it has come true? I have 
changed. Things that I 
then, I never notice now. 
as 3'ou said." Do not the carel 
boast that they can get the chu: 
with them anywhere for a dam 
dance all night with people, 
ie world," and 

vhat people 

them against 
world," and ( 
"lamas g 
often do we 1 
ing at homt 
If you dance 
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things c 

f the 

ven hope to be listened to. 
ood as most church members," how 
ear that remark? How about danc- 
,— among ourselves, as people say? 
anywhere,— you, a professing Chris- 
eyes of the world you dance every- 

where. Can you dance " in armour," crowned, : 
shielded, and shining, with the "hope of salvatio 
with righteousness and "faith"? Are your sh 
"peace"? Can you show your "colors"? D 
you? Are they not quietly pocketed, or left 
home? The world allows no middle ground 
Christians. " I saw her dancing," and not any 


stops to inquire 

s nothing for yc 

t; turn from it a 

Gambicr, Ohio. 

■ith whom. There 
u but this: "Avoid it; pass not by 
id pass away." Prov. 4: 15. 


A young man writes me a letter asking advice 
about getting an education, and the question is 
such an important one, and so general in its appli- 

1, singing ; 
18: 6. Ag 

d d 

ark was brought 

d before the Lord 

tarn. 6: 14. Dancing for 

mage,— but these people 

very hard to keep still 

cation, that we 
senger article 
young n 


that it c 

a hundr 

'ill make it the subject of a Mes- 
The situation is as follows. A 
up to the fact that he is deficient 
he wants to help himself without 

of going to 

first consider 
The reply is 

re that out of 

nd at 

from the facts. One might live a million of years 
and not once meet with the exact problems in the 
book. The most of the work is disciplinary in its 
character, and herein is where the self taught will 
meet with shipwreck for he is continually coming 
to divergent paths with none to tell him which to 
take. Here the school and the qualified teacher 
come in, and I doubt whether their place can be 
supplanted by any effort of self instruction. 

Why not go to school at once and be done with 
it? Haven't the money? Then earn it, save it, 
and apply it to your education as hundreds of 
thousands have done before you. If you can't do 
this, in part at least, then you might as well turn 
your attention to something else, as the chances 
are against your amounting to anything in the end 
if you have to be carried through like a child in 

And now I will give you a piece of advice worth 
its weight in gold. It is this: Catch step with the 
procession. I mean by this that instead of striking 
out of the beaten path on a go as you please hunt, 
fall into line with the accumulated wisdom of the 
world and keep there. It is not at all probable 
that you know a better way, and it is very likely 
that you will waste your time in trying to improve 
on the things that the whole world is agreed upon, 
and if there is any one thing that has been talked 
over, up hill and down, it is education. 

Nothing can take the place of making a soldier 
by the drill master's " Right, left, right, left, right, 
left," and just so nothing can quite equal the daily 
mental drill of the trained teacher in making exact 
scholars and consequently quick and clear-headed 
men and women. There is no doubt but that a 
vast amount of useful information can be acquired 
by a course of reading, and if this is properly se- 
lected the results will be very gratifying to the pos- 
sessor, but get all that he can in this way it is not 
education. There is something in the drill of the 
school that can have no substitute, and the whole 
educational world is fully agreed upon that point. 

As to what school to attend my advice would be 
to go to one of our own schools, and to allow no 
foolishness of others to keep you from it. As far 
as I know our schools do just as good work as any 
others, and if this is granted there are many rea- 
sons why the boy or girl of Dunkard ancestry 
should keep among our own people. 

Lewisburgh, Pa. 

sometimes, ' if one 

like our dancing. '\ 

No special steps, no 

ing for effect. How could or 

state dress? No need of part 

very happy. 
1 say, " Indei 
aborate posit 

That was not 
d; not much." 
ons, no dress- 
:e for joy in a 
:ry one 

danced for glad thankfulness of heart 
stirred up by another's dancing or another's dress. 
No late hours, leaving mind and body jaded for the 
next day's work. I think "dancing before the 
Lord " must have been a very pure refreshment. 
And, by the way, speaking of dress, I feel, some- 
how, that if people would but choose their orna- 
ments out of the treasure-chest of jewels, — " a 

.ally, and 

lingly in 

He wants to know where tc 

wer to the question let u 

or not it can be done at all 

n be so done, but the facts 

d who try it probably not more 
The situation is somewhat 
manner of a man finding himself with a 
ble demand for shoes from those about h 
the same time he is remote from a regular shoe- 
maker. He gets a kit of tools and sets out for 
himself. Will he ever become a shoemaker like 
the boy who begins at the bottom as an apprentice? 
He may, for there are people who are marvellously 
apt at such things, but the chances are that he will 
only be a very ordinary cobbler at best. 

Now when he takes up a Latin grammar the diffi- 
culties in the way of its mastery increase enormous- 
ly, compared with the shoemaking business. Can it 
be done at all? The answer is that it can, but the 
chances are so remote that they ate fearfully 
against the accomplishment of the task. It is not 
worth while to go into the reasons therefor, but 
there are good ones, and almost insurmountable in 
their character. 

Most people imagine that there is something in 
the studies of a school that are of themselves of 
direct and immediate practicability in the affairs of 
life. On the other hand, nothing can be farther 



The Sunday school is one of the important 
works of the Christian religion. 

A Sunday school is an agency of the church, by 
which the Word of God is taught to children and 
older persons. 

The origin of the Sunday school, or Bible school, 
like the origin of the synagogue is not fixed with 
accuracy in Jewish history. 

He who teacheth a child is like one who writeth 
with ink on clean paper. God himself is, represent- 
ed as teaching little children. 

In Isa, 28: 9, what is God doing in the fourth 
part of the day? The answer is, "He sits and 
teaches little children." As a rule, every new at- 
tempt to pre-empt a field for a church organization 
in a city or village, begins with the gathering of a 
Sunday school. 

A good Sunday school costs something; and it 
ought to be worth all that it costs. 

The Sunday school ought, according to the com- 
mission, include all in the congregation, both old 
and young, as teachers or as learners, with the pas- 
tor as Assistant Superintendent and the Holy Spir- 
it as the glorious Monitor and Inspiration. 

Every Sunday school must have some standard 
of fitness for its teachers,— if, indeed, it be no 
higher standard than that of a good moral char- 
acter, and of an intelligent belief in the divine 
authority of the Holy Scriptures. The standard 
being recognized the teachers should be selected 

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Who bids, who bids, for the souls of men? 

To-day is the harvest white. 
And many will reach life's turning points 

Ere Cometh another night. 
Who bids for the souls of the noble youths' 

Of the maidens so sweet and fair? 
Of the aged ones? and of those in life 's prime ? 

And the children, their pride and care? 
" We bid, we bid! " cry the children of night 

From the gilded saloon they call; 
From theater, street and the gambling den, 

From the room of the dance and ball. 
" We offer the plaasures that sin can give, 

In this life of fleeting breath; 
And at last the reward which our master bestows, 

His wages: Eternal Death." 
" We bid, we bid! " cry the children of light 

From the highways and hedges they call 
As they search for the lost and erring ones. 

Who through Satan's wiles did fall. 
" We off er salvation through Jesus' blest name 

His guidance and help in the strife, 
And at last the reward he freely bestows, 

The gift of Eternal Life." 



To know the worth of anything a thoughtful 
person views it from as many different sides as 
possible, be it land, or horses, or cattle, or news, or 
doctrine, or what not. 

I trust there is not a single individual member 
of our beloved Fraternity at the present time, but 
who believes in foreign missions. Of course all 
believe in home missions, but we wish to speak 
of foreign missions now. So we will suppose a 
case, and then look at his position. Suppose a 
brother, say a minister, to take the position that 
he does not oppose foreign missions, but he does 
nothing at all to help the great work along. Sup- 
pose a case of that kind, — I trust there is not 
really one, — but suppose the case, and then let us 
look at him. Name him "A." 

I. The Uticonvetted Man's View. — " I do not mean 
to be unkind toward the minister, but I am puzzled 
to understand his position on some things. I do 
not know much about the Bible, and 1 make no 
claims to scholarship, yet I read the Book oftener 
than most people think. I can tell a promise, and 
a command too, when I see it,. Now what puzzles 
me is this, why the minister is not equally urgent 
to the keeping of all the commands. He insists 
on baptism by trine immersion, and his position 
is impregnable. He insists on observance of feet- 
washing, Lord's Supper, Communion, holy kiss, 
non-swearing, non-conformity, non-resistance, etc., 
and, if I have read correctly, he has the Bible on his 
side. But when he comes to the Lord's last com- 
mand, concerning the going into the whole world 
to preach the Gospel, he has nothing to say. It 
strikes me, too, that this is the most self-sacrificing 
and expensive of all commands. Now I can't see 
why a man should neglect the most expensive-to- 
be-carried-out command and accept all the rest. 
And I wonder, if feet-washing were as costly as 
foreign missions, what his attitude on feet-washing 
would be! I know I ought to be a Christian, but 


2. The Devil's View.— "The glory of the king- 
doms of this world I consider my own. Who can 
deny my claim? In India and Africa and China, 
and Mohammedan countries generally, and in 
some other countries, I have things about as I 
like. I have strong power in the Christian lands 
too, though a few persons are contesting my rights 


teras A. 

When they are with Christ in all 
n powerless. But I like such as minis- 
He works against me a little, but does not 
know the measure of his power. He urges his 
flock dihgently to keep me at bay. He does not 
annoy me where I have full sway. So the battle 
■s always on his ground. If I cannot gain, I do 
not lose. He is not opposed to carrying the con- 
test mto the countries I rule completely, but he 
never says anything nor does anything in favor 
of it so what is the odds? I have nothing to fear. 
I wish all were like he is." 

3- The Lord Jesus Christ's View — " It is the 
will of my Father that all m,-n should be saved. 
1 and my Father are one. He that believeth in 
me hath everlasting life. For the redemption of 
a lost world, to this end came I into it. The 
Father desired me to go, and I was willing. I did 
my work. It is now finished. I taught my dis- 
ciples all the way of truth, then, as I left them, 
my parting charge was to them, 'Go into all the 
world and preach the Gospel to «very creature.' 
I promised to be with them always. The Holy 
Spirit would be their Comforter, I said. I love 
my own. They are precious to me. I love min- 
ister A. He follows my teachings closely. He 
is very humble. Yet, like the young man, he lacks 
one thing. He knows my Word shall be the 
judge in the last day, yet he thoroughly neglects 
my final words. Through obedience to that last 
command many shall be saved, but he seems not 
to think of that. And in the last day, with a 
heavy heart, I shall have to point him to the 
spoken Word, 'Whosoever therefore shall break 
one of these least commandments, and shall teach 
men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom 
of heaven.' He may then compare that with my 
other words, ' Go ye into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature,' and my dear Son, 
begotten of faith, will be able to speak his own 
judgment. O that all the nations of earth would 
;d my Word; there is mercy and pardon and re- 
demption for all! " 

4. A Christed Christian's View.— "This world is 
very full of sin, and I am chosen 1 
lights to shine in it. There is so rr 
and so much evil far and near that I wish 1 might 
shine a thousand times brighter. Dear brother 
A withholds his influence for good in the farther 
parts of the world. His influence would increase 
at home I know, if he would let it shine far away. 
It takes a bright light to shine far away. A little 
light don't shine far. He believes in foreign mis- 
sions, he says, but he does nothing for it. How 
many people believe in Christ, yet never profess 
Christianity. To me, a poor, ' 
blessed Master, the case looks s< 

" I love the law of the Lord 
tion day and night. I try to 
by adapting myself accordingly, 
ply a. 

of the 

I knrss 

lover of the 

imewhat parallel. 

, It is my medita- 

manifest my love 

The Word teach- 

feet-washing. I simply accept. The Word 
teaches trine immersion. I simply accept. The 
Word teaches a kiss of charity. I accept. The 
Word teaches separation from the world. I ac- 
cept. The Word teaches home missions and for- 
eign missions. I accept. Not my reason, not my 
opinion, not my neighbor is my g 
blessed Word of Life. I accept it 
for my good, and am j 
that his spiritual horiz' 
he and 'others do not! 
I must do more than my 
Lord can use me so, a 
dren; because since He 
I rejoice to bear the si 

All my time and all my talents and all my 
energy and all my money are His. I am only His 
steward, but I'd rather be a happy steward for the 
Lord, than a king for the world. I can help to 
hasten the coming of the Lord Jesus to earth 
ill dwell in the house of the Lord 
forever. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth 
me with benefits. I pray the Lord to send labor- 
ers to th*e harvest. The field is the world. I am 
a worker. Praise His holy name! 
Bulsar, India. 

ide, but that 
.11 as intended 
ad. 1 pray for brother A 
1 may be enlarged. Since 
rig for foreign missions, 
ihare, but I am glad the 
one of His special chil- 



Si'eaking of the custom of most congregations 
in sending every year for a strange minister to 
come and conduct a series of meetings, I admit 
that it may be a good thing to do so sometimes, 
but the extent it is being done now among the 
many congregations, indicates to my mind that it 
is overdone. 

In many congregations the older and home min- 
isters hesitate to do more than fill the regular ap- 
pointments, just because they are not solicited or 
urged to do more by the laity. If the laity, in- 
stead of coming to the elder and home ministers, 
and suggesting who to send for, would say to 
them, "You conduct us a series of meetings this 
year, and we will stand by you and help you all 
we can," more lasting good would be the result. 

Much is lost for the want of encouraging words 
that are never spoken. Elders or ministers who 
stand well and have the confidence of their congre- 
gation and neighbors, while they may not be able 
to win as many over into the church, yet a larger 
per cent of those who do come under their in- 
fluence come to stay, and will always look up to 
them and respect them as their fathers in the 
church. Their counsel and advice are more readi- 
ly accepted, than when brought into the church 
by the influence of a stranger. I have had fears 
that Hie effort made for numbers is too great in 
iportion to the effort made to keep or save 

I hose 



we meet with 
ibers of the c 

that either they 

iny who, at 
:h, but are 
This proves the fact 
ightly converted, or 
were not properly cared for after they were re- 
ceived into the church. 

Ministers who do not stand well at home, and do 
not have the confidence of their home congregation, 
should never be solicited to hold a series of meet- 
ings away from home. 
Anderson, Ittd. 


We ha 

heard of 

stood for ce 
tion; but bii 

hich had 
1 founda- 

idol temple 
nturies unshaken upon its fi 
ds dropped seeds upon the dust-cov- 
ered roof and battlements; " through the scent of 
water " they germinated and sent their roots down 
into the crevices of the masonry, and so in the 
course of time the great stones were separated, 
the little rootlets worked their way down among 
them, and the temple was tottering to its fall, 
because of the power of these little seeds. 

God sends men into this world, not so much 
to build temples and heap up stones and monu- 
ments, as to sow seed. The sower soweth the 
Word. It may be by living voice, or printed 
page; by the written Word, the New Testament, 
a tract, a leaflet, a paper cast by the wayside, 
given to a friend, handed to a stranger, sent 
through the mails, — in a thousand ways we may 
sow the good Word of God; and oh, what a 
harvest there will be for those who "sow beside all 


" Some se 

eds w 

11 fal 

by th 

e wayside, 


in stony gr 

>und, a 


:r seed 

*ill d 

e up- 

on the 

rocks; but s 

ome w 

11 fall 

on go 

)d gr 


and bi 

in£ forth fi 

uit, thirty, si 

<ty, anc 




Who would 

not be 

a sov 



may c 

DSt time, an 

d labor 





that sc 

w in tears 

shall r 

ap in 

joy, an 

d " he that 


forth and w 



ng pre 



shall d 

oubtless con 

le agai 

a with 

rejoicing, bringing 

his she 

aves." — The Atntory 

"There never was an age when fiction was so 
utterly vile as at present. A large part of the 
stories of the present, particularly those translated 
a the French, are filled with incentives to the 
worst passions. They onght to be excluded from- 
every home as rigorously as cholera germs," 


January 18, 1896. 

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Mount Morris, 111., January 18, 1896. 

In tile Palestine church, Ohio, fourteen 
/-fsions are reported and two reclaimed. 

Bro. D. B. Eby commences a series of n 
at Shannon, 111., this Saturday evening. 

Bro. I. J. Rosenberger is engaged in a series of 
meetings at Huntington, Ind., with a good interest. 

Bro. C. D. HYLTON'has been holding some inter- 
€ esting meetings at Roanoke, La. He reports six 

Any one not receiving a copy of our catalogue of 
books, Bibles, etc., will please write us, and we will 
mail him a copy. 

During the latter part of December nine came 
? out on the Lord's side in the Chiques church, 
Lancaster Co., Pa. 

in the 
ek with 

The meetings held by Bro. Win. Bow 
Panther Creek church, Ohio, closed last 
six additions in all. 

Bro. Isaiah Rairigh is booked for a series of 
meetings in the Covington church, Ohio, com- 
mencing on the evening of Feb. 6. 

We learn that sister Betsey Crumrine, wife of 
N. W. Crumrine, of Wabash, Ind., is sorely afflicted 
in her eyes, and earnestly craves the prayers of the 

Bro. I. Bennett Trout, who is with us at this 
time, reports the Lanark church in a cheerful con- 
dition. One was restored to fellowship last Mon- 
day evening, causing great rejoicing among the 

' Sister Cora Decker, of Myrtle Point, Oregon, 
writes that she has kept a careful record of the 
number of ministers and deacons elected and re- 
ported in the Messenger during 1895, and that of 
the former there were eighty-eight, and of the lat- 
ter one hundred and twenty-nine. There were also 
two hundred and fifty-six members reclaimed. 

A Presbyterian church in Middletown, Iowa, re- 
cently displayed a good deal of good common 
sense and fairness in the way of paying for a newly- 
erected house of "worship. The members firmly re- 
solved that there should be no upon the build- 
ing, and each one agreed to have the proposed 
estimated cost apportioned to the individual mem- 
bers of the church, according to the amount of 
their property as shown by the assessor's book. 
This was done; and each member paid his propor- 
tion cordially and promptly, with the result that 
when the building was dedicated, the latter part of 
December, there was not a cent of debt upon it. 

Bro. Geo. Winand writes us that a series of 
meetings in the Upper Conawago congregation, 
Pa., closed Jan. 5, with nine accessions by confes- 
sion and baptism. The preaching was done by 
Bro, S. G. Lehmer. 

Bro. Michael Flory writes us that he is so far 
restored to health that he can be in the field again, 
and is now engaged in a series of meetings in the 
Astoria church, Fulton Co., 111., with a good inter- 
est and one accession up to the time of writing. 

One week ago last Sunday Bro. Silas Hoover 
closed an encouraging meeting in the Greenland 
;hurch, W. Va„ with twenty-five baptized. The 
nembers of that church are full of joy. The 
;hurch there is said to be in a prosperous condition. 

Bro. C. P. Rowland, of Lanark, 111., has just re- 
urned from a preaching tour among some of the 
■^olated members in the Wisconsin mission field. 
;-Ie gave us a brief call this week, and reports the 
people hungering and thirsting for more earnest 
preaching in that part of the country, 

As members of the School Visiting Board, breth- 
cn J. C. Murray and D. B. Eby spent the forepart 
f the week here, looking into the religious and 
noral training given in connection with the work 
of the Mt. Morris College. They are thoroughly 
interested in the work intrusted to them by the 

A minister residing in El Paso, Tex., writes to 
one of the papers in the North, making a sugges- 
tion that is worthy of more than a passing consid- 
eration. He says too many poor people are sent 
to that city with the hope that they may regain 
their health, but are not furnished with sufficient 
money to defray their expenses, and, as a conse- 
quence, become a burden on the churches. Some 
of that class are sent South every winter, and the 
burden is more than the churches in their limited 
condition can bear. Without wishing to be harsh 
he says: "If their friends cannot support them 
here, we beg of them not to send them. Keep 
them at home, that they may die of consumption 
among friends, and not of consumption, plus star- 

vat ii 

; stri 

One of our elders writes this way: " I want to 
get more, if not all, of our members in our home 
church to take the paper. Our agent here is not 
very active. It we were to appoint another he 
would not like it, and yet brethren tell me that 
they are never asked to take the Messenger. I 
believe an agent should make a canvass every 
year." We like to see an elder take an interest 
in the work this way. If an agent is not pushing 
his work, the elder should help him push it, and 
if he does not improve, appoint another in his 
place. Most assuredly should the whole church 
be canvassed every year, and even those not mem- 
bers should be asked to subscribe. It will be 
found well for elders to mention in the council- 
meetings the importance of each member taking 
the Messenger, and keeping posted on the work 
of the church. 

By this time, we presume, all of our patrons have 
received a copy of our neat little Catalogue of 
Books, including a special offer we have made on 
Bro. Teeter's Commentary, provided we can secure 
orders for 1000 copies or more of the one volume 
edition. It is no small task to get out and ship 
1000 copies of a book containing nearly 1,200 pages. 
Were the books piled one on the top of the other, 
they would make a stack nearly 250 feet high, or 
more than twice as high as the tall church steeples 
in most of the towns. But by getting all of these 
orders at one time, having the work done quickly, 
and getting special bargains on binding, etc., we 
can afford to sell the work at the astonishingly low 
price offered in the proposition. The Commentary 
is a good work, and ought to go into thousands of 
families. Let no one delay, but send, in your 
orders quickly. One brother says he thinks there 
will be orders for one hundred copies from the 
members in his part of the country. 

Bro. Daniel Vaniman closes his series of meet- 
ings at New Enterprise, Pa., Jan. 20, and then goes 
to Huntingdon, to take in a part of the Bible Term 
there. He may be addressed for the present at 
the latter place in care of Bro. J. B. Brumbaugh. 

The Brethren in Pike County, 111., are without a 
preacher, and report that they are in a position to 
render some assistance to an earnest minister who 
would be willing to locate among them. For fur- 
ther information address G. W. Woodward, Barry, 
Pike Co., 111. 

Writing from University P. O., California, Bro. 
Paul Wetzel says: "After a long sickness I came 
to Southern California to regain my health and am 
more than pleased with the result. I expect to 
make Englewood my future home, and will be 
pleased to have my German brethren call on me, 
and if the way opens for them to settle there, it 
will afford me pleasure to preach to them again the 
Word of God." 

We have not seen so many preachers in the 
Mount for a long while, and for fear of omitting 
some we will not attempt to name any save Bro. J. 
C. Murray, whose presence among us was very 
much unexpected. We are pleased to learn that 
he is greatly improving in health and can now be 
about his Father's business. The Bible term is ex- 
ceedingly interesting, and the lines of study pur- 
sued cannot help proving profitable to the cause. 

The Peculiar People is the title of an ably-ed 
monthly, published at Plainfield, New Jersey, in 
the interest of the Jews throughout the Christian 
world. A late issue contains a most interesting 
article on restoring Palestine to the Jews, and 
making of it a Jewish Republic. It discusses the 
question from a Jewish standpoint with such abil- 
ity and fairness that, if we can possibly find space 
for it, we shall lay it before our readers in the next 

The Brethren in Eastern Pennsylvania have \ 
printed, in pamphlet form, a synoptical report of 
their late Ministerial Meeting to distribute among 
the members of that District. The report was 
made by Bro. Geo. Bucher, who did his part well, 
but his proof-reader did some exceedingly careless 
work, and yet the little publication is interesting 
and will do an immense amount of good in that 
part of the East. We read it through at one sit- 
ting, and a pamphlet has to be uncommonly inter- 
esting if we spare the time to read even a half of it. 

A brother, who thinks a great deal more of the 
welfare of unfortunate members than a little money, 
sends us one dollar and says: " I know a young sis- 
ter who has thrown herself into a home where the 
influences of Christianity are not known, so I will 
donate one dollar and have you send the Messen- 
ger to her address one year. It may do her and 
the family some good." The brother is to be com- 
mended for his wisdom. Then we have scores of 
good, earnest-hearted members among us who. are 
donating the Messenger to persons with a view of 
winning their souls. Some are sending the paper 
to five, ten, and even twenty persons. Just think of 
it! What a grand work for the good of humanity 
one may do with a few dollars! 

Our Brethren may not be as well educated? 
scientifically, as some other people, but they find 
out a thing or two now and then that the more 
learned come to in the course of time. For years 
we have been trying to work tobacco, out of the 
church, claiming that it is an injury to the body 
and mind, and not becoming men and women 
professing a high order of piety. Well, here are 
a few facts that accord well with what we have 
been teaching: " A careful record kept at Yale for 
eight years shows that non-smokers are 20 per 
cent, taller, 25 per cent, heavier, and have 60 per 
cent, more lung capacity than smokers. A recent 
graduating class at Amherst presented a similar 
difference in favor of non-smokers, who had gained 
in weight 24 per cent, over the smokers, and in 
height 37 per cent., and also exceeded them irH 
lung capacity." 

January 18, 1896. 


Number Three. 


Many times since our first visit to tlie Holy Land 
has the question been asked, " How are the lands 
held in Palestine and what are the rights and priv- 
leges of the owners? Believing that our readers 
will be glad to know the facts concerning land ten- 
ure in this country we have taken some pains to 
look up the facts. We glean from an exhaustive 
article on the subject by Mr. S. Berghman who has 
spent ten years farming on the plains of Sharon 
near Ramleh, and he may be considered as reliable 
authority on the subject. 

The Fellahin or Arab farmers dwell in villages 
and the village lands are divided into three classes. 

I. The lands belonging to individuals in whom 
the title vests. The owner of such land may give 
away, sell, or bequeath his real estate, and if he 
own any at his death it falls to his heirs. The own- 
er of such land must pay an annual tax of from 
three to five per cent on the actual valuation of the 
land. Such valuation is made every five years. 
Buildings may be erected at the pleasure of the 
owner but are subjected to a tax, in addition to that 
paid in on the land, based on their actual cost. 
Lands of this class are usually close to the village, 
and are almost always used for orchards and gar- 

II. The lands belonging to the State or Imperial 
Government, *'. e., the Sultan at Constantinople. 
These are called the agricultural lands, and are 
farmed in common by the villagers who raise 
wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and at some 
places small quantities of tobacco. The right to 
cultivate these lands is held in common by all the 
members of the community. No individual can 
own any lot or parcel of the arable land, and his 
right only begins after an allottment has been made 
for the year. The title vests in the state, and no 
houses may be built or trees planted on lands of 
this class without a special permit from the highest 
officer of the treasury department. When such per- 
mit has been given the houses and trees become 
freehold property, but the ground on which they 
stand still belongs to the state. 

The agricultural lands are apportioned each year 
for plowing and sowing to the members of the com- 
munity who desire and are able to cultivate them. 
Each individual has the right by inheritance to 
plow and sow on the state land and it is divided in- 
to equal portions according to the number of yoke 
of oxen in the village; the man who runs two yoke 
of oxen getting twice as much to plow as he who 
owns but one, and two men owning an ox each get- 
ting half as much as he who owns a yoke. These 
two work together, one day on the land allotted to 
one and the next on that of the other. 

No stranger is allowed to cultivate any of the 
lands of a village without the consent of the entire 
community, and no member of a community can 
let or rent his portion of land to a stranger. He 
may enter into partnership with one who will fur- 
nish seed and oxen, but this must be arranged be- 
fore the allottment is made. Such a stranger then 
becomes a member of the community, subject to a 1 
its laws and regulations. The portion of land al- 
■ lotted to a villager is his from the time he begins 
to plow until he carries the last sheaf from his 
field to the village threshing-floor. Then his indi- 
vidual right lapses, and it reverts to the communi- 

V The land is apportioned, as in Bible times, by 
lot. The fields having been measured with a rope 
or line, each is named. Their names are given 
either accidentally or for some special reason. 
Thus, a field with a peculiar rock in it is called, 
■• the field of the rock/' another, " the field of the 

trees," and others 
mound," " field 
very forcibly ren 
parcel of land bo 

still " field of road," " field of the 
>f the fight," etc. One is here 
inded of the name given to the 
ith the thirty pieces of sil- 

ver, "The field of blood."* The land has been 
previously laid out in four great divisions, eastern, 
western, northern, and southern. The names of 
the fields of each of these divisions are then plainly 
written on small, smooth pebbles, and these are put 
into four small sacks, one for each great division 
of the land. The farmers then form themselves in- 
to a half circle, in the center of which is seated the 
Iman, the head or chief man of the village. Two 
little boys, always under five years old, so that they 
may be wholly unbiased, stand near him on either 

They are now ready for the casting of lots. One 
of the small sacks is taken up, and one of the boys 
puts his hand into it and takes a pebble or lot. 
The Iman then asks the other boy, "Whose field is 
this? " and the boy either calls out the name, or 
points to one of the villagers, and the land is allot- 
ted to him and so recorded. There is no appeal 
from this lot, and each farmer must be satisfied 
with the field which has been assigned to him. 

the farmers stand around waiting for the lots 
that are to fall to them, each one exclaims, as the 
boy puts his hand in the sack, " God keep, main- 
tain and uphold my lot," and David's words are 
brought to mind, "Thou maintainest my lot. 
The lines are fallen to me in pleasant places; yea I 
have a goodly heritage. "f Mr. Berghman is of the 
opinion that this passage would be more correctly 
rendered from the Hebrew text as follows, " Thou 
holdest or standest by the pebble of my lot. The 
dividing lines have been stretched out for me in 
pleasant places. Yea, a goodly inheritance by lot 
is given me." It is an interesting proceeding, and 
may not differ widely from that adopted by Joshua 
when he divided the land by lot among the Israel- 
ites more than three thousand years ago. 

This way of dividing the land takes place every 
year, and thus no member of the community re- 
ceives the same portion of land every year. It may 
fall to him again by lot, and it may not, the chan- 
ces are against it doing so. 

The dividing line between the fields is a deep, 
double furrow, but as these disappear after heavy 
rains, stones are piled up at each end, and these 
are called the stones of the boundary. To remove 
such stones while the crop is growing or before it 
is gathered in, is considered a great sin. He who 
does so robs his neighbor not of part of his land 

but of his 
bring upo 
thinking r 
it is now. 
bor's land 

op, which is his living, and is sure to 
his head the malediction of all right- 
n. As it was in the days of Joshua so 
Cursed be he that removeth his neigh- 
ark."! The curse is based on the older 
law, which says, "Thou shalt not remove thy 
neighbor's landmark which they of old time (»'. e. 
chiefs or elders) have set up."§ 

Each village supports two public servants. The 
Iman, who is a kind of preacher, leads in the 
prayers, performs whatever marriage ceremony is 
necessary, buries the dead, keeps all public ac- 
counts, such as taxes, repairs of the mosque, and 
expenses of the guest-chamber provided for st 
gers. The Natoor or watchman, whose duty it is to 
keep a look-out for strangers, invite them to the 
guest-chamber and provide them with food. He 
must take care that no cattle from a strange village 
stray upon the lands of or graze on the pastures of 
the community. They receive their pay not in 
money, but in grain, each farmer contributing so 
many measures accord-ng to the number of fields 
he cultivates. The chief and watchman also have 
allotted a parcel of land to them which is usually 

plowed and sown for them by the farmers without 

Oxen are usually employed for plowing, but I 
have seen on the plains of Sharon an ox and an ass 
yoked together. This is considered unjust, and is 
only done when it cannot well be avoided. " Thou 
shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.* I 
have also seen horses, mules, and camels drawing 
the plow, and Mr. B. tells us that on several oc- 
casions he has seen a man or a woman attached to 
a plow, pulling side by side, with a donkey. 

The agricultural lands pay two kinds of taxes, 
First, a money tax of from three to five per cent on 
the valuation of the land. The farmers pay in pro- 
portion to the amount of land they cultivate. If 
any of the land is not cultivated, the tax on it is 
collected from the male inhabitants of the village 
equally. The elder or chief man collects this tax 
and pays it to the government. 

Second, the tenth or tithe of all the land produc- 
es. This tax is based on the Bible, and is as old as 
the time when Jacob set up a pillar at Bethel, and 
made a vow unto the Lord, saying, " And of all 
that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth 
unto thee."f And this vow of Jacob was afterward 
incorporated in the law by Moses. "And all the 
tithe of the land whether of the seed of the land or 
the fruit of the tree is the Lord's. . . . The 
tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoev- 
er passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy 
unto the Lord."J 

The collection of the tenth is the source of much 
oppression, and the poor farmer is made to suffer. 
The tax is sold to the highest bidder, and the Ashar 
or tax collector who, in addition to the bribes he 
pays the officials to secure the purchase, has to pay 
a larger sum than the actual value of the tenth if it 
were honestly collected. The villagers are not al- 
lowed to begin harvesting until the Ashar arrives. 
His whole object is to get as much out of the farm- 
er as he possibly can and this is done by a series of 
annoyances, until the farmers out of sheer necessi- 
ty are obliged to compromise with the tax gather- 
er. Mr. B. gives it as his opinion, after ten years' 
experience among the Arab farmers, that instead of 
the tenth honestly due by law the Ashar carries off 
at least one-third of the crop. These tax-gatherers 
are hated by the people, and the term Ashar is al- 
ways applied to extortionate, merciless men. They 
enjoy no better reputation than did the publicans 
in New Testament times. 

• III. The third class of lands are those set apart 
at various times for the maintenance of mosques 
and tombs, such as the Mosque of Omar and the 
tomb of David at Jerusalem, and the mosque over 
the tomb of Abraham at Hebron. These lands are 
held and taxed in the same way that the agricultur- 
al lands are managed. The tax, however, is paid 
into a special treasury. 

A new law has been introduced within the last 
few years in reference to land tenure, which, if en- 
forced, will change these old Bible customs. The 
lands of the second class are to be divided by an Im- 
perial commissioner, into various portions, and giv- 
en to individual villagers. They receive title deeds 
and may sell their right to cultivate either to a villag- 
er or to a stranger. The taxes, of course, remain the 
same. It is said the law is to be strictly enforced, 
and if it is, a number of the ancient customs or land- 
marks of Bible times will entirely disappear. 
Gradually modern innovations are revolutionizing 
the Holy Land. Great changes have taken place 
since we first visited it in 1884. Present indications 
are that greater changes will take place in the 
years to come, and very soon a visit to Palestine 
will have lost its chief charm, — the ancient Bible 
customs. D - L - »• 

•Matt. 27: 5. 8. 
■fPsalms 16: s,;6. 
{Deut. 27: 17- 
§Deut. 19: 14. 


January 18, 1896. 



Why not let our words be gentle? 

Harsh words rudely jar 
On the feelings of a brother; 
And to kindly greet each other 

Would be better far. 
In the plainest words nf converse 

Music sweet is heard; 
If in tenderness they're spoken; 
But the melody is broken 

By an angry word. 
It would show a strength of spirit 

To let no hard word 
Fall petulantly from our tongue, 
And strike (he notes to music strong, 

Making rude discord. 
We would find it just as easy, 

In kind tones to speak ; 
Hasty, cruel words are grievous, 
And too sadly, truly pfove us 

Pitifully weak. 
Oft a little word, soft spoken, 

Falling on the ear, 
Throws a passing ray of gladness 
O'er the heart darkened with sadness, 

And dispels the tear. 
Gentle words! they cost so little, 

And such power hold 
To impart to others pleasure, 
Why not greater make their measure 

Many thousand fold? 
It will make our own hearts richer, 

If we will but give 
Lavishly to our fellow-man, 
Gentle words whene'er we can, 

While on earth we live. 
We are lowly, sinful creatures, 

Sadly prone to err; 
Yet, if we've blindly gone astray 
And can make amends to-day, 

Let us not defer. 
If one kindred heart we've wounded, 

By a word unkind, 
Oh, let us now forgiveness ask, 
And make it our most willing task 

The sad wound to bind. 
There may be less sweet than bitter, 

In the cup of life; 
There may be more thorns than flowers 
Yet, if unbroken love be ours, 

We can bear the strife. 

—Selected by Emma L. Bows. 


1. Wliatitis. A veil covering the head (not face). 
A sign, emblem, or token, of " power," authority to 
petition (address) God, through Christ, the head 
of the church, through the medium of prayer, in 
honor to her head, — " the man." 

The obedient child is an honor to its parents. 
The disobedient is a dishonor. The man is the 
image and glory of God. The woman is the glory 
of the man. There is no glory in either case if we 
dishonor. Hear what the apostle says: " Every 
man praying or prophesying, having his head cov- 
ered, dishonoreth his head, but every woman pray- 
ing or prophesying, having her head unveiled, dis- 
honoreth her head." 1 Cor. 11:4, 5. 

The crown on the king's head is a sign of his 
power. The veil covering on the woman's head is 
a sign of her power. It is important to bear the 
right sign. White is an emblem of peace and puri- 
ty. Red is an emblem of strife and bloodshed 
Black is an emblem of sorrow and mourning. 
How befittingly significant of the pure and peacea- 
ble religion of Christ is the white veil covering of 
the Brethren church! Be careful to always bear 
the right sign in your high and " holy profession." 

2. By whom and when should it be worn? (a) By 
every woman that prayeth or prophesieth; by every 
woman that taketh upon her the name of Christ. 
By every sister in the Brotherhood, (b) Whenev- 
er there is a season of prayer in the home circle, 
around the family altar, in the secret chamber, in 
the public sanctuary, at the regular appointment, 
quarterly council, or " feasts of charity." You ask, 

" Why so necessary to have this sign or token of 
power? " " Because of the angels." 

Dear sisters, let me, through love, appeal to you. 
How often do you cause " the angels of the church," 
whose duty it is to take the oversight of the flock, 
to feel sad and grieved at heart, to see his children 
walking disorderly in not glorifying God through 
the " power " given unto you! How it must grieve 
your attending angel to see you dishonoring Christ, 
because you have not the sign of power on your 
head. With what regret the angelic host of heav- 
en must look down to see your lack of power to 
honor the God whom they worship! When the an- 
gel reaper comes, to gather Christ's jewels home, 
will you have the power then, to glorify God by be- 
ing fully ripe to be gathered into the garner of the 

May we all more fully glorify God by living a 
life of obedience to Christ and the church! 

Milledgeville, III. 


An earnest sister sends us the following, think- 
ing that the lesson taught may do good in many 

" Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those 
who trespass against us." These familiar words 
are sometimes used carelessly, I fear. If some one 
trespasses against me in word or deed, and I go 
about among the people talking about that person, 
mentioning every little fault I ever saw in them or 
ever heard about them, am I forgiving them as I 
hope to be forgiven, or am I asking God to only 
partly forgive me? Am I asking him to still let a 
little cloud of unforgiven sin rest upon me? O 
solemn thought, that such must be the case wher- 
ever a spirit of fault-finding exists. Sad case, in- 
deed, where a minister of the Gospel is guilty of 
such work! He is only a blind leader of the blind, 
and both shall fall into Satan's power. The Word 
gives us a better plan: " If any one is overtaken in 
a fault, let such as are spiritual restore such an one 
in a spirit of meekness," Restore, reprove them, — 
not talk about them. " Confess your faults one to 
another, pray for one another, and ye shall be 

How noble that course would be, compared to 
the little mean habit of finding fault with persons 
in their absence! Talebearing and gossip are an 
abomination in the sight of the Lord. If soul and 
body are an acceptable offering unto the Lord, 
surely the tongue can find plenty of good and use- 
ful words to employ its powers to the glory of God! 



Having been a teacher of some experience and 
now in the home, I wish to say a few words which, 
I hope, may benefit some mothers. My heart 
yearns for those children whose mothers thought- 
lessly, or ignorantly, neglect to train them to be 
courteous. In Gospel Messenger No. 50, a sister 
applies Jesus' prohibition in regard to swearing, 
Matt. 5: 37, as a reason for not teaching sir and 
ma'am added to yes or no, by way of courtesy. 
Ah, my sister, let us be careful not to apply the 
wrong meaning to the sacred Scriptures or mis- 
quote them. There is a vast difference in meaning 
in expletives and being courteous. 

The apostle, in 1 Pet. 3: 8, says, " Be courteous." 
Webster defines courteous as polite, well-bred, civ- 
il, respectful, and many others. If we do not teach 
true courtesy in the home in childhood, how can 
we expect them to be courteous when grown, as 
Peter instructs? "Train up a child in the way he 
should go and when he is old he will not depart 
from it." Prov. 22: 6. No mother wishes her chil- 
dren considered ill-bred, uncivil, or disrespectful, 
through any neglect of hers. Oh, if the mothers 
would but give a little more thought to these little 
things, they could help to lighten the burden of 
the sometimes weary teacher, made daubly so by 
the neglected duties of parents at home. 

As the parents, so are the children. Character is 
formed in the home in little things. We must show 
them respect, if we wish them to respect us. I 
teach my boy that, in neglecting these little acts of 
courtesy, he disrespects us, and also disobeys the 
fifth commandment, "Honor thy father and thy 
mother." That it is right and not after a fashion or 
style, which would be vain and sinful. I tell him 
to act the truth in all things, because there is One 
who looketh down upon all we say or do. We 
treat him with 1 he same respect, never command- 
ing, but asking with a "please" and " thank you" as 
a reward. These little things help the little ones 
to feel they are appreciated in this world. Besides, 
it is a part of their education, and we have no right 
to withhold it from them. We cannot keep them 
always under the home roof. Sooner or later they 
go out into the world to mingle with strangers. 
Then let us train them, that they may not look 
back regretfully at our neglect, but with pleasant 
memories. I believe we will be responsible in more 
ways than one for our neglected duties toward the 
little ones, entrusted to our care. Let us not be 
weary in well doing of little things! Mothers and 
fathers, let us pray also, that our work may not be 

Russell, Kans. 



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From Knlman, In*.!. 

Bro. M. L Hahn, of Lakeside, Ind., came to 
us Dec. 21, and commenced preaching on Sunday, 
Dec. 22. He preached eleven soul-cheering ser- 
mons. Then his health became so impaired that 
we had to close our meetings. While there were 
no accessions, there were many who were medi- 
tating seriously, and we trust that much of the 
good seed which has been sown here, has lodged 
in hearts where it may never more be dislodged. 

During the meetings an aged sister, in feeble 
health, requested to be anointed, which was at- 
tended to on Christman Day, by Bro. Hahn, as-" 
sisted by the official brethren at this place. This 
was the first work of the kind yet performed in this 
church. E. E. Frantz. 

Jan. 1. < 

The Arkansas Mission. 

The closing month of the year was a busy one 
in the Arkansas mission field. The forepart of the 
month I held meetings in Louisiana, followed by 
a few weeks at Carlisle, Ark. A tew meetings were 
then held at Palestine and on the last Sunday of 
the year two, young in years but strong in faith, 
were received by baptism. At the same time our 
evergreen Sunday school was reorganized. Bro. 
P. S. Hartman is our Superintendent and J. C. 
Osborn, Assistant. The former teachers were all 
retained, and among the scholars activity is mani- 

At present the writer is enjoying the Special 
Bible Term at North Manchester, Ind. The inter- 
est and attendance are encouraging. I expect to 
be at home in Illinois about Jan. 15, and cor- 
respondents will please address me at Pine Creek, 
III, for a few weeks thereafter. It is gratifying 
to know that several ministers and a number of 
others have come to Arkansas recently and I hope 
they may be helpful in the Lord's work. 

Palestine, Ark., Jan. 6. °' U F ° RNEV - 

From North Carolina. 

Eld. Joseph B. Bowman, of the Knob Creek 
church, Eld. William A. Sherfy, of the Pleasant 
Valley church, and the writer, of the Pleasant 
View church, left Jonesboro, Tenn., on the morn- - 
mg of Nov. 22, to make a visit across the Uwaka 

January 18, 


Mountains into North Carolina to the Brummett's 
Creek church, having been appointed by the State 
District Meeting as a committee to settle certain 
difficulties, then existing in said church. 

In all, we traveled over seventy-five miles; held 
thirteen meetings and received seven into the 
church,— five by baptism and two reclaimed. The 
existing difficulties were settled satisfactorily to all 




return we stopped with the Brethren at 
the Martin's Creek church, Union Co., Tenn., where 
I held one meeting. One was added to the fold 
at this point. We know of no point, better located 
for the preaching of the Word. The Brethren 
here are alive to the cause. Peter Miller. 

From Los Angeles, Cal. 

The reorganization of our Sunday school, Dec. 
28, resulted in choosing Bro. Geo. Miller as Super- 
intendent. The past year brought bright blessings 
to our school, our regular services and the Bible 
school. We anticipate still more this year. 

After an absence from May to December, Eld. 
P. S. Myers returned, having accomplished much 
for the Master's cause. He spent months in East- 
ern Pennsylvania, where much of his earlier life 
was passed, and, while preaching Jesus to the peo- 
ple, he was not unmindful to remind them of the 
needs of the cause in this city. He spent consider- 
able time before going East in the preparation of a 
Historical Chart. To any one donating a dollar 
for the erection of a churchhouse in this city he 
donated a chart, and still does so, hence any one 
sending him a dollar both gives and receives. His 
address is: Corner Sichel and Main Streets. 

He reported S95 by himself, from profits on 
charts; S125 from donors, and S180 pledged, mak- 
ing 8400 as the direct result of his efforts. The 
members are very grateful to all the givers and to 
Bro. Myers for his unselfishness and love for Jesus. 

The all-around helpful principle is not infracted 
by this method. Many of the members, who now 
are called upon to overcome great difficulties in 
city mission work, were not "behind in gifts" in 
erecting houses where they came from and now be- 
ing enjoyed by those who remained. 

The church here has chosen a church erection 
committee with a view of selecting a site and pre- 
paring the way to build. 

Nine members are now at Inglewood, thus in- 
creasing the membership somewhat. The pros- 
pects for much good work are encouraging. Our 
church councils are lovely places. 

M. M. Eshelman. 

Echoes from the Highway. 

A few more hours and the old year shall have 
passed away. Before it goes we will pen a. few 
echoes from this sunset land. Last Saturday the 
members of this congregation came together here 
in the city, and, among other things, considered 
the propriety of appointing a committee to select a 
location, procure a lot and look after the arrange- 
ments towards the erection of a churchhouse here 
in the city. Eld. P. S. Myers gave a report of his 
work while in the East, and how liberal-hearted 
many of the dear members were. Even little chil- 
dren of some of the Sunday schools insisted on 
having the privilege of helping to furnish the 
means to build a meetinghouse in Los Angeles, and 
freely they responded. God will surely bless the 

Bro. Myers asked that any member present offer 
up a special prayer for a blessing upon all who 
gave of their means. A hearty response came 
from all, that they would do so, and I am sure God 
will graciously hear such united, earnest petitions. 
Still there is urgent need for more means. 

Members are still moving into our congregation, 
and in this way our membership is increasing. 
Eld. Thomas, of Iowa, who is building up, by his 
efforts, a colony of members at Inglewood, some 
few miles southwest of the city, handed in, at the 
council, his letter of membership. Now he is one 

of our elders, standing, in relation to the church, 
the same as the other two that were here, as it is a 
rule of this District that all elders stand alike in 
their duties and privileges. A brother of his, who 
is in the ministry, has also lately settled in our 
congregational district. Thus another laborer in 
the Word has been added. 

In our last "Echoes" by an oversight we failed 
to mention that our dear old brother, Paul Wetzel, 
known to so many of our readers as a valiant 
preacher of the Gospel, now resides here in our 
city, and is as full of energy and zeal as ever. His 
words of counsel in our meetings are much appre- 
ciated. Bro. C. Wine for some time has been visit- 
ing our section of country, attending our meetings 
and preaching some for us. It is quite likely that 
he, too, will locate in the vicinity of the city. In 
other and adjoining congregations brethren are mov- 
ing in, so that the good work goes on in way of in- 
creasing the bulk of salt and enlarging the powers 
of the Great Search Light that has come into the 
world. Evangelist Hutchison is diligently at work, 
preaching the Gospel, and thus confirming the faith 
of the children of God, and awaking sinners to the 
necessity of fleeing to the arms of mercy. Here 
and there a prodigal comes home, so that, in this 
way, too, numbers are being added to the fold here 
in Southern California. 

To our beloved Brotherhood anywhere, may the 
New Year be ushered in with a knowledge of re- 
newed responsibilities upon us, as a people, and as 
1896 is to be a period of excitement for the polit- 
ical world, may we all watch and pray that we be 
not partakers of their Babylonish customs. "Come 
out from among them," is the voice of our Shep- 
herd. J. S. Flory. 

Los Angeles, Cal. 

At the late Ministerial Meeting of Eastern Penn 
sylvania the Clerk was ordered to have published a 
synoptical report of the proceedings of the meeting 
in pamphlet form for the benefit of those mem 
who were not in attendance, so they might learn 
what is being done at such a meeting. 

It was further ordered that the reports should be 
distributed free of charge, for which purpose a 
lection was held at the meeting. Now, notice that 
the money collected there does not near pay the 
penses, and, naturally, the question presented itself 
to the clerk, " How shall what is lacking be raised?" 

The clerk, believing that the report will be ap- 
preciated and do good, and that one thousand 
copies, the number ordered, was rather a small 
number for the purpose to be attained, he, upon 
counseling such brethren as were convenient, and 
they expressing themselves favorable to a larger 
edition, ordered an additional one thousand copies, 
with the full purpose that if they are not needed, 
he will bear the expenses himself, but if sold, the 
profit shall go into the treasury. 

Now, notice further that this report is one-fourth 
as large as last year's Annual Meeting Report, is 
published with clear type, on fine paper, and bound 
with a good cover; and, at five cents apiece, for the 
two thousand, if we had no money on hand, will 
leave some in the treasury. I, therefore, as Clerk, 
propose that all those concerned take this matter 
into consideration and act as to them seemeth wise 
and proper. 

I will send to the different churches an amount 
of copies equal to the District Meeting Minutes, 
which, as was ordered, they receive gratis, unless 
they be charitably inclined. If any want more 
they will please order promptly and enclose five 
cents apiece. When only one is ordered enclose 
six cents. Those from other State Districts can 
have some at same rate. Geo. Bucher. 

Kleinfellersvillc, Pa. 

From the New Field. 

What changes fleeting time brings! During a 
period of twenty-eight years we were located at 
Hickory Grove, Carroll Co., 111. Now we have 

taken up our abode at South Bend, Ind. Six 
:ks have already rolled around since we located 
here, and we have been kept busy working for the 
Master ever since. During the settlement in our 
home, and while arranging our household 
goods by day, we wended our way each evening to 
preach the Word at the St. Joseph church. This 

hurchhouse is erected on the farm of our aged 
brother, Martin Wcnger, whose farm is now includ- 

d within the corporation, and a great portion of it 
is part of the city. His children are members of 
the church, and Bro. Hiram Kreighbaum, his son- 
in-law, is the elder of the St. Joseph church. He 
also has several other churches under his super- 
vision, Bro. C. M. Wenger conducts the singing, 
which is soul-inspiring. 

We next preached in the church under the care 
of Eld. Daniel Whitmer, who also has charge of the 
Portage church. Eld. Whitmer's church is called 
the South Bend congregation. The district line 
reaches the city, where the boundary lines of four 
churches converge, namely, St. Joseph, St. Joseph 
Valley, Portage and South Bend. The meeting- 
house of the South Bend district is situated twelve 
miles southwest of South Bend City. Our meet- 
ings in the latter church were of two weeks' dura- 
tion, but the attendance was much hindered by the 
long rainy season. We had good interest, however, 
and large congregations near the close. One dear 


At this writing we are putting forth a protracted 
effort in one of the churchhouses in the Portage 
congregation in which we are located. We have 
two Bible classes in operation in the city. They 
meet, one on Tuesday and the other on Thursday 
evening. I trust they will be the means of accom- 
plishing much good. In this way we can concen- 
trate our efforts and utilize the religious talent 
scattered throughout the city. The meetings are 
held alternately at the members' houses. Our 
pleasant talks upon Bible topics, singing, and 
prayer by our own firesides, during the prevalence 
of the winter season, are most desirable and pre- - 
cious. We fondly hope that time may disclose 
good results, and that the Lord may say of this 
municipality, as he said of ancient Corinth of yore, 
" I have much people in this city." 

Thus while we sail on time's swift wing, 

And the changing seasons roll, 
May the church on tier blessed mission bring 

Glad tidings to the soul. 
We all compose one pilgrim band, 

Far sundered though we be. 
We're marching to the glorious land 
Of immortality. 

Geo. D. Zollers, 
South Bend, hid. 

From Limestone, Ten 

On Christmas morning I boarded the train for 
Concord, to fill an appointment at Choto, Knox 
County, in the evening, but missed connection in 
Knoxville, and had to wait until eight o'clock; so 
all were disappointed. Next morning a five miles' 
walk, through rain, brought me to sister Martha 
Early's, near the church. I preached at night and 
continued until Sunday. I held six meetings in 
all. The meetings were not large on account of 
not being known. We only have a few members 
here and no regular meetings. We have a good 
house of worship. (I say "we," for it belongs to 
the church as a body, — the District and the Gen- 
eral Mission built nearly the entire house.) The 
members are few in number and think they are 
neglected. They seem to be earnest and faithful, 
uld any of our ministers be passing near by 
they will be glad to have you stop and preach for 
em. You will be met at Concord, by addressing 
ro. Isaac Tipton, Rodelm, Tenn. 
On Sunday I crossed the Tennessee River to 
visit the little band in Blount County, known as 
Oakl ind church. I met Bro. Joe Frye, of 
Maryville, at Bro. Klepper's, but, owing to rain and 
/, we had no meeting at the church, though we 
what we could to encourage them, reminding 
them of Matt. 5; 10-12, Gal. 6: 9, and other Scrip 
tures of like import. 


While our meetings were not as we would have 
wished, we certainly feel satisfied that we did much 
good in visiting these isolated ones. My prayer is 
that they may soon have monthly meetings. I was 
reminded of our Savior's words, " The harvest truly 
is plenteous, but the laborers arc few." Matt. 9: 37. 
P. D. Reed. 

The Bible Normal of AlcPherson, Kans. 


The Bible Normal at McPherson, K; 
gin Jan. 27 and continue to Feb. 15. The entire 
field of " Bible Geography " will be covered. " Old 
Testament History," "The Life and Ministry of 
Christ," "The Institutions of the Bible," "Rela- 
tion of the Old Testament to the New," " Chapter 
and Text Analysis," Bible Reading, "Doctrinal 
Subjects," etc., will form a part of the program. 
Able instructors are engaged. Expenses will be 
moderate. Instruction free. A hearty invitation 
is extended to attend. S, Z. Sharp. 

Notice to the Churches of Northwestern Ohio. 

All that have not paid the assessment appor- 
tioned to them by the District Meeting of 1895 
for home mission work, will please remit at least 
before March I, 1896, to Solomon Rodabaugh, 
New Stark, Ohio. The general expenses should 
be reported to Jacob Weaver, Lima, Ohio. 
L. C, Schubert, 

Sec. of Mission Board. 

Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 

"Aa cold vvntc-r lo n tlitrsty soul, st i< c 1 oi-ws Ironi n fnr country." 

Linville Creek Congregation, Va.— Dec. 14 Bro. 
S. F. Sanger began a series of meetings in the town of 
New Market. He preached, in all, eleven sermons. 
He did not shun to declare the plain teachings of 
the Savior.— Fannie H. Roller, New Market, Va. 

Cherry Lane, Pa.— Bro. William Ritchey, one of 
our home ministers, began a series of meetings here 
Dec. 5, and preached eleven soul-reviving sermons. 
One precious soul confessed Christ and united with 
the church. Bro. Ritchey goes from here to other 
fields of labor— F. S. Bowen. 

Ashland, Ore.— The Brethren of the Rogue 
River Valley church met for quarterly council 
Jan. 4. All business before the meeting passed 

ch raised S5.50 for hon 

Jacob Mo 
n the foil 

ing Sunday.— 

. Aaron Moss, of Lande 


off pleasantly. The c 
missionary funds. Br< 
a heart-cheering sermo 
M. M. Carl, Jan. 7. 

Cart Creek, Ind.— Brc 
Ind., came to us Dec. 28 
A great interest was manifested 
Our Sunday school at this place L 
condition. This is the first time we attempted to 
have a Sunday school through the winter. We find 
we have a better attendance during the winter than 
the summer.— Otho Winger, Sweetser, Ind. 

Jonathan Creek Church, Ohio.— During 1S95, 
this church had a goodly share of both joy and sor- 
row. We rejoiced in having twenty come into the 
church by baptism, but regretted to lose six mem- 
bers by death. Two young people who "were mem- 
bers' children, had set a time to join the Brethren 
church, but death came before the appointed time. 
Jacob Lcckrone. 

North Beatrice, Nebr.— We just closed a three 
weeks' series of meetings in Pickrell, conducted by 
our home ministers. We have two applicants for 
baptism. We feel that there has been seed sown, 
that ere long will bring good fruit. We also re-or- 
ganized our Sunday school with C. H. Price and J. C. 
Burke as Superintendents.—/)/. L. So/lenberper, Beat- 
rice, Nebr., Jan. 6. 

Free Spring, Pa.-Bro. Edwin C. Book, of 
Blaine, Perry Co., has closed a series of meetings 
here. After delivering six able sermons he took a 
bad cold and broke down on Thursday evening, 
Jan. 2, and the work was taken up by our home 
brethren-Andrew Bashore, Solomon Kauffman, 
and C. Winey, until Sunday night, with no addition 
to the church.—//; H. Jones, Jan. 7. 


West Dayton Church, Ohio.— Bro. David Wine, 
of Covington, preached for us two good sermons. 
Bro. M. G. Brumbaugh was here and preached for 
us on the 5th.— Elmer Womlwld, Dayton, Ohio. 

Elk Lick, Pa. -The Elk Lick church, Pa., met in 
quarterly council Jan. 4. Considerable business 
came before the meeting;, but was disposed of in a 
very pleasant way. We also reorganized our Sab- 
bath school by appointing Bro. Abram Maust, Sup- 
erintendent. Bro. S. F. Sanger was with us at our 
council, and also did some very acceptable preach- 
ing for us.— W. A. Gamtt, Jan. 7. 

Macedon, Ohio. — Bro. B. F. Honeyman came to 
this place Dec. 14, and remained until Dec. 31, 
preaching in all twenty-one sermons. He was as- 
sisted one week by Bro. Baker. Good congrega- 
tions and attentive listeners greeted him through 
the meetings. His great anxiety for the salvation 
of souls and his kind and plain way of preaching to 
the people is a power for good. — B. G. Turner. 

Norton, Kans.— Our quarterly council occurred 
Jan. 4. Nine members have united with the Maple 
Grove church since my last report, — six by letter 
and three were reinstated. We have reorganized 
our Sunday school. Bro. A. J. Wertenberger was 
chosen as Superintendent and Bro. Leslie Garbpr, 
Assistant. Our Sunday school uses the Young Dis- 
ciple and the Brethren's Quarterly. — Aldula Throne, 
Jan. 0. 

Arcadia, Nebr. —We met at our usual place for 
Sunday school Jan. 5. The school was well repre- 
sented. We thought best to continue our Sunday 
school for the year. We concluded to use the New 
Testament. Our lesson was, " The Bread of Life," 
John 6: 25-42. We have a B'ble reading every 
Tuesday evening. We have the promise of some 
ministers to come and hold some meetings. 
— D. M. Ross, Jan. S. 

Kingsley, Iowa.— Bro. H. R. Taylor, of Deep 
River, Iowa, began a series of meetings on the ev- 
ening of Dec. 7, and continued two weeks at our 
churchhouse west of Kingsley. We then went to 
our east house and continued one week. The 
meetings closed at both places with a good inter- 
est. Two, — a husband and wife were received by 
confession and baptism at the west church during 
the meetings. — Albert Nicodemus. 

Lyle, Washington.— A minister is wanted in 
Klickitat County, Washington. We have seven 
members, some of whom are faithful workers for 
the Master. We had our first prayer-meeting on 
Christmas Day. Five were present. We expect to 
have a meeting every Wednesday, no providential 
hindrance. Our, meeting to-day was grand. All 
were filled with love. The frozen hearts were warmed 
up. Nine were present.— C. Spongier, Jan. 1. 

South Waterloo Church, Iowa. — Our council- 
meeting convened on New Year's Day. All busi- 
ness passed off in a pleasant manner. This church 
has decided to hold a series of meetings some time 
during the spring. Our Sunday school is doing 
good work. The members in Waterloo re-organized 
their Sunday school on New Year's eve. They al- 
so decided to hold a series of meetings some time 
during the winter.— J. H. Fike, Calvin, Iowa. 

Croake, 111.— Bro. Nevinger held a series of 
meetings for us in the Christian church. He gave 
us twelve sermons. Though the weather was un- 
favorable, yet the congregations increased at each 
meeting until the house was full. These meetings 
will make the people think and read for themselves, 
and we think that much good will result. The 
seed has been sown now, and there will be a good 
harvest at this place.— W. A. Knapp, Dec. 30. 

Burnettsville, Ind.— Eld. J. M. Mohler, of Penn- 
sylvania, came to us Dec. 13, preaching, in all, nine- 
teen discourses. The first six services were held in 
the town of Idaville, after which the meetings were 
held in our own house of worship in Burnettsville. 
One young lady came out on the Lord's side. The 
members were much built up. We also decided to 
continue our Sunday school during the winter — D 
A. Mertz, Jan. 8. 

January 18, 1896. 

Newton Church, Ohio.— Bro. D. S. Filbrum com- 
menced preaching for us Dec. 20, and continued 
until Jan. 7. Three were added to the church, and 
the membership much encouraged. — D. D. IVine, 
Covington, Ohio, Jan. 8 

Lenox, Iowa. — We have now moved from the 
South River church to a place where there is no 
churchhouse. Only a few members live here, but 
there is preaching by the Brethren every two 
weeks. This is a missionary point. Bro. John P. 
Bailey is going to move here in the spring. We 
think there is a grand opening at this place. It 
made our hearts sad to leave the little band of 
workers at South River. — Meda Caskcy, Jan. 8. 

Louisiana Mission Fruits.— The writer began a 
series of meetings in the Roanoke church on 
Christmas Day, and continued till Jan. 5. I 
preached, in all, ten sermons Congregations were 
small. During the meetings I never saw a native of 
this country at church. We never knew how to ap- 
preciate crowded houses until now. At the close 
of our meetings six young people came out and ap- (C 
plied for membership.— C. D. Hylton, Roanoke. La. 

Washington, Kans.— Much business came before ' 
our quarterly council, Dec. 14. It was disposed of 
in a Christian-like spirit. New Sunday school offi- 
cers were elected. Our school is fast increasing in; 
attendance. Our social prayer meetings are very 
interesting. One dear young sister was anointed. 
She needs the prayers of all Christian people for 
her little children and especially for her companion,, 
who is engaged in the ministry .^lizzie Gauby,. 
Dec. l 7 . 

Lititz, Pa.— The members of the Lexington 
church enjoyed a series of meetings, conducted by 
Bro. Benj. Hottle, of Passer, Pa. The meetings be- 
gan Dec, 21, and continued each night until Jan. I. 
Hottle labored very earnestly for us. We, as 
brethren and sisters, were greatly encouraged, and 
were warned to flee from the wrath to come. 
Three precious souls became willing to forsake sin, 
and we hope others are counting the cost. — Bessie- 3 
S. Minnich, Jan. 5. 

Sumption Prairie, Ind.— Bro. G. D. Zollers 
closed a series of meetings Dec. 29, in the South 
Bend District. He delivered sixteen excellent ser- 
mons. We feel that the church was strengthened. 
Owing to the inclement weather the first week the 
congregations were small, after which an interest 
was manifested, our large house being well filled. 
One sister was reclaimed, while others were nearly 
persuaded to join in with the people of God.— Isaac 
Whitmer, Jan. 5. 

Avilla, Mo.— Our elder, Christian Holdeman, is 
suffering greatly with a sore caused from a broken 
leg some six years ago. Lancing has already been 
necessary. The Doctor says it will require the 
most skillful care and treatment, to prevent the ne- 
cessity of amputation. Just one week ago he 
thought it was rheumatism. Last Sunday he was 
able to be on his feet but a few minutes while 
preaching. Our sincere prayers are for his speedy 
recovery. — J. K. Shively, Dec. 20. 

Chiques Church, Pa.— On Nov. 30 we started a se- 
ries of meetings at the Fairview house. Bro. Hiram 
Gibble preached twelve sermons. Two expressed 
their desire to unite with the children of God. 
One, that had wandered from the fold, returned. 
Dec. 22, a series of meetings commenced at the 
Chiques house. Brethren Amos Hottenstein and 
Henry Sonnon preached twelve sermons. Nine / 
came out on the Lord's side and many are counting / 
the cost. — P. C. Geib, Mastersonvillc. Pa. 

Greenwood Church, Mo.— On Christmas Day we 
commenced a series of meetings in the Greenwood 
church by the home ministry, which continued till 
Jan. 5. One dear sister was received into the 
church by baptism. During the meetings we were 
visited by members of the Cabool church, includ- 
ing their ministers— brethren J. T. Mason and F. 
W. Dove,— who rendered valuable assistance in the 
ministry. This gave much encouragement to the 
members and solemn warning to sinners. — J. J. 
Troxel, Mountain Grove, Mo. 

January 18, 1896. 

tub q-osifiex, nuriEssrErNra-iEiR,. 


Burr Oak, Kans.-Bro. C. S. Holsinger has just 
closed an interesting series of meetings at this 
place. Much good has been done. May the Lord 
bless his work everywhere! — C. 5. Hoff, Jan 6 

Manheim, Pa.— We are just about closing a very 
interesting series of meetings in Manheim. The 
attendance and attention were very good all along. 
So far two came out on the Lord's side. Brethren 
Elias Landis and Joseph Auker are here, holding 
the meetings. They preach the Word in its primi- 
tive purity. — Anna E. Light, Jan. g. 

Mallard, Iowa.— Bro. B. F. Miller, of Dallas 
Center, Iowa, came here again Dec. 27, and 
preached for us Friday evening, Saturday evening, 
Sunday morning and evening. We had good con- 
gregations, especially Sunday. The people were 
very attentive. The meetings are growing in in- 
terest. Bro. Miller preached some interesting and 
soul-cheering sermons. The Mission Board has 
decided to send us some one else in Bro. Miller's 
place, but we have become so attached to him, 
that we are loath to give him up.— Katie Balm Treat, 
Dec. 31. 

North Morrill Church, Kans.— Our quarterly 
council was held Jan. 7. While considerable busi- 
ness came before the meeting, all was disposed of, 
we think, satisfactorily, and to the best interests of 
the church. We pray for the day when less of the 
time at our church councils will be taken up in get- 
ting members in the line of duty, and more time 
may be given to discussing ways and means of ad- 
vancing Christ's kingdom on earth, and to the mis- 
sionary interests of the church. The church decid- 
ed to hold a Bible Normal in Morrill next winter. — 
T. A. Eisenbise. 

Derby, Iowa. — Bro. Peter Brower, from South 
English, Keokuk Co., Iowa, came to our place on 
the evening of Dec. 30, and held one meeting in the 
Murry schoolhouse. He then commenced meet- 
ings two miles east at the Park schoolhouse. Bro. 
Lewis Kob came to his assistance, and both held 
forth the Word with power. The first two meet- 
ings were small; the rest of the time we had a full 
house, and good attention. The meeting closed on 
the evening of Jan. 7, with two applicants for bap- 
tism. Baptism was deferred for the time being. — 
Martin Helsel, Jan. 10. 

Rock Run, Illd.— Bro J. Nusbaum, of Wakarusa, 
Ind., began a series of meetings in Goshen, Ind., at 
the hall, and continued nearly two weeks with good 
interest, the hall being filled every evening. Two 
precious souls came out on the Lord's side. Our 
special council was held Dec. 27. All was disposed 
of. Brethren I. D. Parker, J. H. Miller, A. Neff, 
and L. Hoke were present. One dear soul was re- 
ceived back again after an absence from the fold 
for about ten years. She came with as good a con- 
fession as we ever heard. It was good for all.— R. 
W. Davenport, Goshen, Ind., Jan. 0. 

Keuka, Fla.— The members here met in quarterly 
council Jan. 1. There was very little business to 
come before the meeting. Our dear elder, E. J. 
Neher gave us a very saintly admonition. Bro. J. 
C. Lahman was with us and also gave us good food 
for thought. On New Year's evening Bro. Lah- 
man gave us a very good sermon, which, I think, 
was enjoyed by all present. We are having much 
cold weather for our southern clime. I think our 
Sunday school Quarterlies are the best I ever saw. 
Certainly time and money alone could bring them 
to such a high standard.— J. /. Miller, Jan. 6. 

Painter Creek, Ohio— Bro. Wm. Bowser, of 
Dayton, Ohio, began a series of meetings in the 
Painter Creek house of the Ludlow District, Dec. 
21, continuing until Jan. 6. The congregation, on 
several occasions, numbered over six hundred. 
Each sermon was full of interesting and practical 
thoughts. Five were received into the fold by bap- 
5" tism. Others have been induced to consider 
what it will cost not to be a Christian, and are seem- 
ingly near the kingdom, while the members in gen- 
eral have been strengthened and encouraged to 
press on in the good work— Levi Minnich, Jan. 6. 

Manheim, Pa.— Our meetings closed last night. 
Two more came out on the Lord's side. This 
makes four in all. The house was filled to its ut- 
most seating capacity. The order and interest were 
good all through our meetings.— Anna E. Light, 
Jan. 10. 

Cerro Gordo, 111.— The members of the Cerro 
Gordo church met in quarterly council Jan. I. We 
raised S137 for church expenses and District Mis- 
sion. One was received by letter. One was re- 
claimed since last report from this church. Our 
Sunday school was reorganized Dec. 29. Bro. 
William Gara was elected Superintendent! Bro. 
Noah Waggoner, Assistant. We have social meet- 
ing every Tuesday evening, and teachers' meeting 
every Thursday evening.— Sallie E. Cart, Jan. 4. 

Black River, Mich.— Bro. Thurston Miller, of La 
Porte, Ind., recently preached for us about three 
weeks. We have attentive audiences; good and in- 
creasing interest. Members were built up and 
encouraged. Bro. Miller has endeared himself to 
the members here, and we regret to see him leave. 
He was with us at our last quarterly council, held 
at Bro Chris. Funk's. At this meeting one was re- 
claimed. Steps were taken to go on prepiring to 
build a meetinghouse. Our next quarterly council 
is to be held the last Saturday in March at Bro. 
Philip Barnes.'— Cyrus Wallick, Bloomingdale, Mich., 
fan- 9- 

( Lodging Arrangements for Annual Meeting.— 
The committee have procured five hundred tents, 
10x14 feet in size, which will accommodate ten peo- 
ple. These we will rent for the term at Si. 50 per 
tent, supplied with plenty of straw. Those wanting 
floored tents, with straw, can have them at 84 00 
per tent. Tents can be secured now, at any time, 
by sending the amount to the secretary, who will 
give receipt with number of tent. Those ordering 
first will have the advantage of the nearest location 
to the tabernacle. The Standing Committee will be 
lodged on the ground free of charge. — /. //. Crist, 
Secy, Gardner, Kans. 

West Conestoga, Pa. — The Brethren of West 
Conestoga church held a series of meetings at the 
Lexington churchhouse It commenced Dec. 21 
and closed Jan. I. It was conducted by Bro. Hot- 
tel from Bucks County, in the German language, but 
the meeting closed entirely too soon. Four came 
out on the Lord's side. Bro. Imler, of the Lancas- 
ter City church, was also present at one meeting. 
He gave us a few encouraging words. Bro. Click, 
of Virginia, was also present at a few meetings. 
He is conducting a singing school here, so you can 
see we have plenty of good food to live on, now at 
present.— Katie ^/iriner. 

Glen Rock, Nebr.— The outlook for Sunday 
school work is promising. In the Pawnee and 
Falls City churches it was not favorable to organize 
this winter, though some of the members were very 
much in favor of an evergreen school. At this 
point we organized last evening, with prospects of 
an interesting school. Last Sunday, Jan. 5, Bro. 
William Mohler baptized one sister. I will visit 
next the Weeping Water church. Then I go to 
Lincoln, about the 13th, and to Octavia, the 16th. 
I will be home near the 20th. Those who wish to 
correspond with me can be governed by these dates. 
—James A. Flory, State Superintendent of Sunday 
schools, Jan. 7. 

Isolated.— Accidentally I came in possession of 
a copy of your paper. I heartily indorse your doc- 
trine. My wife is a member of your church, hav- 
ing united with the same in Iowa, in 1870. Since 
we moved to Colorado, in 1888, she has not been 
able to attend church on account of there being no 
Brethren's church here. I am not a member of 
the church, but I expect to unite with it as soon 
as I am afforded the opportunity. So you can im- 
agine what a welcome visitor the Messenger will 
be in our family. After I receive your paper and 
my friends see it, I may be able to introduce it 
elsewhere. Anything that I can do for the paper 
and the church, with God's help, I will do it.— J. 
B. Looper, Fredonia, Colo, 

Mansfield, III.— The Blue Ridge church met in 
quarterly council Jan. 4. The church was not so 
well represented as might have been, but, with 
those present, the spirit of love and good will pre- 
vailed. The church decided to hold a series of 
meetings in the near future. — Bcrnice Ashmore, 
Jan. 10. 

Palestine Church, Ohio.— Nov. 23, Bro. David 
Filbrum, of Brant, Ohio, commenced a series of 
meetings at our Beech Grove house, and continued 
until Dec. 15. Dec. 21, Bro. I. J. Rosenberger, of 
Covington, Ohio, commenced a series of meetings 
at our Wist Branch house, and continued until 
Jan. 7. Both meetings closed with a good interest. 
As a result the members enjoyed a spiritual feast, 
and fourteen converts were made to walk in newness 
of life. Two were reclaimed.— Daniel Bailsman, 
Baker, Ohio, Jan. 8. 

Greenland Church, W. Va — Dec. n, Bro. Jonas 
Fike, of Eglon, W. Va., began a series of meetings 
at the Eureka schoolhouse and continued until the 
20th, preaching eleven sermons. Five precious 
souls were received into the church by baptism. 
The meetings closed with excellent interest. Bro. 
Fike preached two sermons at our meetinghouse. 
Dec. 23, Bro. Silas Hoover, of Bills, Pa., came to us 
and preached for us until Jan. 5, preaching sixteen 
sermons. As an immediate result, twenty-five 
precious souls were added to the church by bap- 
tism, and one, who had wandered away from the 
fold, was restored. We have never had such a re- 
vival among us, and all of our members are rejoic- 
ing. — Dennis Clarke, Mnysville, IV. Va. 

Lewiston, Minn. — A series of meetings began 
in our congregation Dec. n and closed Dec. 25. 
Bro. O. J. B,caver, of Fredericksburg, Iowa, did 
the preaching. He was also with us at our love 
feast in November and held meetings from Nov. 
5 to 13. He was then called home to attend to 
some matters there. Upon his return he continued 
the meetings, as above mentioned; also held two 
meetings at Minnesota City, where a number of 
brethren reside. We also held services on Thanks- 
giving Day, at which a free-will offering was made, 
amounting to 824.04. At our council-meeting, 
held Jan. 4, &10.00 of the above amount was given 
to the General Mission, $5.00 to the Asia Minor 
Mission and 85.00 to the India Mission.— J. H. 
Wirt, Jan. o. 

Hope, Kans.— Sometime since, perhaps in No- 
vember, the Messenger gave the information that 
J. D. Trostle and son were in Wisconsin looking 
for a home, when it should have been J. W. Trostle 
and son. It also gave J, W. the credit of being in 
Wichita, holding meetings, when it was J. D. I 
make this correction, as there seem to be false 
impressions made, calculated to make others dis- 
satisfied with the country. There is much rest- 
lessness among the people of Kansas, because of 
the failure of crops during the last few years. 
The writer is not thinkingof changing his location, 
as yet, but he is journeying toward his heavenly 
home where he expects to arrive before very long. 
We are much pleased with the improvement of the 
Messenger. — J.D. Trostle, Jan. 7. 

Sandstone, Mo.— Bro. W. H. Miller, from Cedar 
County, commenced a series of meetings thirteen 
miles southeast of the Nevada church. He 
preached mostly doctrinal sermons, as the doctrine 
of the Brethren was new to a great many, but the 
interest was good from the start, and became more 
interesting every evening. One came out on the 
Lord's side and was baptized. His wife was 're- 
ceived into the church several months previous. 
Several others were fully persuaded in their own 
minds and promised to unite with us soon. The 
weather was very unpleasant during the meetings. 
We hau rain three days, and the roads became very 
bad, so the meeting closed Dec. 25. Bro. Miller is 
a good expounder of the Holy Scriptures, so that all 
could understand the plain truth. While with us, 
Bro. Miller' rmde a great many friends. Inquiry 
was made when he would return again. — A. I. Mil- 



January 18, I8g6. 

Jewell, Ohio— Bro. 
began a series of 
North Poplar Ridge 
Co., Ohio, Dec. 14, i 
til the 26th. He labi 

George Sellers 
neetings in th< 
:hurch, Defianci 
nd remained un 
red faithfully in 

Word and doctrine and did not forget 
to urge the members to a higher life. 
Two young souls were brought to 
Christ and others seemed to be count- 
ing the cost. The inclemency of the 
weather was much against us, as we 
had much rain.— Sarah M. Hornisli. 

Upper Twin Church, Ohio.— The 
last to seek refuge in the " Rock of 
Ages " here are three who entered the 
fold during Bro. Samuel Homing's 
meetings at Sugar Hill. These glori- 
ous meetings began on the evening of 
Dec. 12, and continued until the even- 
ing of the 29th. The results of the 
meetings are not known. Eternity 
alone will reveal that. Bro. Horning, 
we think, fully discharged his duty, 
and the Lord will reward him abun- 
dantly. Our church is much revived 
and a general good feeling prevails. 
We expect Bro. D. S. Filbrum at out 
central house in a few days. — A. G. 
Crasswhite, Gratis, Ohio, Jan. 1. 

Manvel, Texas.— The church at th 
place has just closed an interesting 
series of meetings, conducted by Eld 
George Shamberger, of Louisiana 
He commenced preaching Dec. 17 anc 
continued until the evening of the 
28th, preaching, in all, fifteen sermons 
We had an enjoyable season togethtr 
The hearts of all seemed to be cheered 
and greatly encouraged to labor fo 
a greater degree of holiness. Bro 

day evening, Bible class on Saturday 
evening and preaching every Sunday 

A spiritually minded per: 
help but enjoy these privil 
Johnson, Jan. 5. 

— /. C, 


culler.— At Loui 

95, David Culler, ag 
id 4 days. His disei 
th which he had to 
: bore his sufferings 
rtitude. He leaves a 



ably defending the Truth. 

terly council, held Dec. 28, passed off 

pleasantly. Our elder was with us, 

but, on account of his feebleness, Bro. 

Miller took charge of the meeting. 

Two were received by letter. — Cora 


North Morrill Church, Kans.— The 
members of this church have built 
a new house of worship in the town 
of Morrill, which was dedicated the 
last Sunday of the old year. Bro. S. 
Z. Sharp delivered the dedicatory ser- 
mon to a house that was packed to 
its utmost capacity. Bro. Sharp dwelt 
at length upon the importance of the 
members dedicating themselves as a 
church unto the Lord, as well as the 
house of worship. His preaching has 
done much to the encouragement of 
the members and we think many new 
resolves have been made, to live holi- 
er, higher and more consecrated lives 
in the future. May the cause of the 
Master prosper, is our prayer!— T A 
Eisenbise, Jan. 2. 

Meyersdale, Pa.— Jan. 1 we held our 
council, to hear reports of finance 
and other committees. The 
were satisfactory. One hund 
four sermons were preached during 
the year, seventy-seven by the home 
ministers. The sum of S50 00 that was 
raised at our Thanksgiving service, 
was ordered sent to the General Mis- 
sion Fund and $20.53, that was silent- 
ly gathered by the little contribution 
box on the church-door, was ordered 
sent to the Asia Minor mission. The 
writer was chosen corresponding sec- 
retary. The church has reason to 
rejoice in the work here. We have 
an evergreen Sunday school of about 
140 or 150, prayer meeting on Wednes- 


COGHlLL-McWHIRT.— At the residence 
of the undersigned, near Fandon, 111., Dec, 
29, 1895, Mr. Charles Coghill and Miss Annie 
McWhirt, all of McDonough County, 111. 

Isaac L. Mvehs. 
of the bride, in Sedalia, Mo., Dec. 26, l8ys, 
Bro. Jacob Fahnestock, of Deep Water, 

Henry Co., Mo., to sister Selvey. 

Lizzie Fahnestock. 
ARTIS— EDGECOMB.— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Bro. Wilson and sister 
Mary Edgecomb, Nov. 27, 1895, by the under- 
igned, George W, Artis, of Pike's Peak, Ind., 
and Minnie Edgecomb, of Piatt County, 111. 
S. S. Miller. 
DECKER-BYER.— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, B. M. Byer, at Glendale, 
Ariz., Dec. 31, 1895, by the undersigned, Mr. 
B. L. Decker and Miss L. C. Byer, both of 
Glendale. Peter Forney. 

OVERHOLTZER— HOFF— By the under- 
signed, Dec. 24, 1895, at the residence of the 
bride's parents, in Pomona, Cal., Prof. A. Over 
holtzer, of Lordsburg, Cal., and sister Maret; 
Hon", of Pomona, Cal. B. F. Masterson. 

Bro. Cull 

dren, of whom two sons 

preceded him to the spi 

consistent member of thi 

for about fifty years. He Ieav 

and fourteen children. The fu 

lie, Ohio, Dec. 20, 
77 years, 9 months 
was heart trouble, 
ntend for years, but 
ith great Christian 
dow, — his third wife. 
the father of eighteen chil- 
wo sons and two daughters 

nd. He 


were conducted by the v. 
J. F. Kahler from Rev. 
course of people. 

LONG.— In the Rav< 
ford Co., Pa., Dec. 26, 
aged 45 years, 9 months 

tantly killed 

riler, assisted by Bro. 
14: 13, to a large con- 
J. Weikich. 

n Run church, Bed- 
895, Bro. John Lnng, 
and 22 days. He was 
Iroad accident. Bro. 

■ • FALLEN t ASLEEP ... 

KINER.— At the U. B. church, northeast 
ol Heyser, Kans., Dec. is, 1895, of typhoid 
fever, son of Mr. Jacob and sister Kiner, aged 
26 years, 6 months and 9 days. His sickness 
continued for some time. Funeral services 
by Mr. Woodburn from John 14:31, and Bio. 
J. Filburn from Ps. 103: 15. 

Leonard Clapper. 
WILSON.— At Bethany, Moultry Co., 111., 
Aug. 30, 1895, Mrs. H. M. Wilson, aged 30 

5 and 25 days. Deceased was a member 
of the German Baptist church and lived faith- 

mtil it pleased God to call her home to 

She leaves a husband and four small 

children to mourn the loss of a loving wife 

mother. She was the daughter of Mr. 
Samuel and sister E. A. Karch. She was 
bom near Philipsburg, Montgomery Co., Ohio, 
Aug. s, 1865. She died of typhoid fever, 
ifter an illness of ten days. Her mother, one 
lister and three brothers are left of the fam- 
ly. One by one this family are passing away. 

WILSON.— At the same place and in the 
lame family, April 3, 1S95, little Goldie Ulila 
Wilson, aged 1 year, 6 month: and 10 days. 

WILSON.— At the same place and in the 
lame family, Oct. 14, 1892, of typhoid fever, 
Erland Elmer Wilson, aged 9 years, II months 
id todays. E. A. Karch. 

BURNETT.— At Starkey, Union Co., Ore., 
dv. 22, 1895, of typhoid fever, Mattie Bur- 
:tt, the daughter ot W. F. and Susan Bur- 
:tt, aged 16 years, 8 months and 25 days, 
le was a kind and loving child. Funeral 
by R. V. Hayes (Presbyterian minister at La- 
grand), from Jer. 15:9. W. F. Burnett. 

HAKSHMAN.— In the M 

elaware Co., Ind., Dec. 26, 1895, sister Mary 

isan (Harne) Harshman, aged 55 years and 

3 days. In 1867 she was married to John 

Mitchell in Pittsburg, Pa., to whom one son 

born, who still survives her. This union 

broken in a few short months by the 

death of Mr. Mitchell. She, with her little 

In. in 


i Jonathan Harshman i 


has been 
■nd for 1 
blind,— though she bore all 

1875. She 

n intense sufferer for several years, 

arly five years has been entirely 

th pati 

She was a consistent member of the Brethren 
hurch and much devoted to her family. She 

leaves a husband, two sons and three daugh- 
rs. Funeral services conducted by the 
riter in the M. E. church in Shideler, from 
Thess. 4: 13, H. Geo. L. Studebaker. 

Long was elected to the office of deacon, Oct. 
6, 1894, in which he labored faithfully for the 
Master until his death. Funeral services were 
conducted by G. S. Rairigh, of Johnstown, 
Pa., from Philpp. 1:21. The deceased leaves 
a wife and one daughter. 

George H. Dilling. 
LONG1NECER.— At the home of his broth- 
er-in-law, Elmer Bridenbaugh, near George- 
town, Miami Co., Ohio, Dec. 30, 1895, Alfred 
Longinecer, son of Bro, Joseph Longinecer, 
of the Price's Creek church, Ohio, aged 
months and 5 days. Funeral 
largely attended and conducted 
Stutsman, and the writer. Text, 
Juhn H. Brumbaugh. 
WINE— At his home near Blountville, 
Tenn., Dec. 20, 1895, Benjamin Wine, aged 
74 years, 2 months and 12 days. He was born 
in Shenandoah County, Va , Oct. 8, 1821, emi- 
grated to Tennessee in 1S37, joined the Breth 
ren church in 1849, and served the church as 
a deacon from 1850 till his death. The fu 
neral was conducted by Bro. Wm. Sherfy anc 
Wm. Wo'ford (a Lutheran minister), an ole 
friend of the family. Joseph B. Wine. 

9 years, 

by Eld. Je: 
Eccl. 7:2. 

HERSHEY.— In the York church, Pa., 
Dec. 9, 1895, of inflammation of the bowels, 
Annie Mary Hershey, beloved wife of Bro. 
Jacob S. Her shey, of this city, aged 25 years, 
5 months and 4 days. She leaves an affection- 
ate husband and two dear children. The 
smallest is but a few months old, and is a 
lovely, innocent little soul. She was a devot- 
ed member of the church. Funeral seimon 
by Bro. Joseph A. Long, from Luke 8:52, "She 
is not dead but sleepeth." Interment at Pros- 
pect Hill cemetery. Abram S. Hershey. 

McMULLEN.— At his home, five miles 
north of Mansfield, Dec. 28, 1895, from a com- 
plication of diseases, Eld. James McMullen, 
aged 65 years, 9 months and 27 days. He 
was born near Shepherdstown, Pa., moved 
to Indiana in 1855, where he resided until 
1866, when he moved to Ohio, locating near 
Smitbville, Wayne County. In 1872 he moved 
to Richland County, where he resided at the 
time of his death. He united with the Breth- 
ren church at the age of twenty-three, and 
labored in the ministry ever since, being one 
of its most earnest and sincere advocates. 

HOLDER.— In the bounds of th. 
Fall Creek church, and near the southern 
limits of the City of Anderson, Madison Co., 
Ind., Dec. 10, 1S95, of membranous croup, 
little Jesse Andrew Holder, son of Franklin 
and Wastella May Holder, aged 3 years, 3 
months and 22 days. Funeral in the Lower 
Fall Creek church by Bro. D. W. Gustin, as- 
sisted by Eld. Frederick Fesler, from the 
words: "Suffer little children to come unto 

SIMMERS.— In the bounds of Green Mount 
church, Va., of consumption, sister Emma V. 
daughter of friend Jacob and sister 
Rebecca Simmers, aged 27 years, 6 months 
d 19 days. Deceased was a sufferer for 
ite a while, but bore her affliction with Chris- 
in fortitude. Services at the Penn Grove 
urch on Christmas Day by the Brethren, 
im MatL 24:44 and 2 Tim. 4:6. 

Jacob A. Garber. 
PEEBLER.— At her home at Partridge, 
Lincoln Co., Okla T„ Nov. 24, 1895, Sarah 
Peebler, wife of A. W. Peeble 
th and 3 days. She le 
husband and seven children. She was born 
Broad County, North Carolina, Oct. 24, 
2; moved to Hancock County, 111., in 1832. 
After marrying Andrew W. Peebler she 
moved with him to Jefferson County, Iowa; 
Atchison County, Kans.; thence to 
Jefferson County; thence to Oklahoma. She 
is a consistent member of the Brethren 
urch. A. J. Peebler. 

LIVENGOOD— In the Somerset church, 
Ind., Jan. 4, 1895, Bro. Peter Livengood, aged 
4 months and 20 days. Bro. Liven- 
good was born in Darke County, Ohio, in 
831. He has been a member of the Breth- 
en church for more than thirty years. Fu- 
leral services were conducted by Eld. D. S. 
Caylor, assisted by Bro. Ellis Brubaker from 

eight child] 

14:13. He le 

Otho Wii. 

In the Linville Creek congre- 
Dec. 28, 1895, sister Mary E. Roller, 
daughter of Bro. Samuel Roller, aged 45 years, 
~ mths and 1 1 days. She had been a suf- 
for several years. She had a complica- 
of diseases, catarrh fever being one of 
the last to set in. During her sickness she 
anointed. She was buried at the Fair- 
church Dec. 30. Funeral services by 
D, H. Zigler from 2 Cor. 5:1. 

Fannie H. Roller, 

He was married Jan. 12, 1850 to sister Anna 
B. Welsh and was the father of nine children. 
He leaves a wife and six children. In his 
death the family has lost a kind husband and 
father, the community one of its best and 
highly esteemed citizens, and the church a 
faithful and devoted elder. Funeral services 
by brethren William Murray and Peter Heef- 

'. Interment at the Brethren's cemetery Dec. 
Anna Brindle. 

WAY.— In the Tuscarawas church, Ohio, 
Dec. 17, 1895, Christopher Frederick Way, 
aged 79 years, 5 months and 2 days. De- 
ceased was born in Germany July 15, 1816. 
ried Catharine Zinsmaster Jan. 8, 1848. 
Their union was blessed with seven children. 
One daughter died in infancy. He leaves an 
aged companion and six children. He was 
a faithful member of the Brethren church for 
a number of years. Funeral occasion im- 
proved by Bro. Quincy Leckrone and the 
writer, to a large concourse of people, from 
1 Cor. 15:57. Reuben Shroyer. 

BURGER.— In the Sugar Creek congrega- 
tion, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1895, Bro. Jacob Burger, 
aged 18 years, 10 months and 17 days. A few 
days before his death he went to Baltic, his 
nearest town. While there he met a number 
of his neighbor boys, who were playing base 
ball. They invited him to take part in the 
game, which he first refused to do, but finally 
consented. While engaged in the game he 
was struck by a ball which caused his death 
a day later. Oh what a warning to others! 
This was the saddest and one of the largest 
funerals the writer has attended. Funeral 
occasion improved by the writer from the 
words, " For me to live is Christ, and to die 
is gain." Reuben Shroyer. 

FLORY.— In the Falling Spring church, 
Franklin Co., Pa., Jan. 3, 1896, Harry Preston 
Flory, infant son of friend Joseph and sister 
Jennie Flory, aged 2 months and 23 days. 
Funeral services by the writer, assisted by 
Bro. Wm. A. Anthony, from 2 Sam. 12:23. 

Wm. C. Koontz. 

STAUFFER.-In the Pine Creek church, 
111., Jan. I, 1896, Bro. Chailes B, Stauffer, aged 
15 years, II months and 19 days. 

STAUi}FER.-In the same church and at 
the same time, Ollie Stauffer, aged 13 years, 
8 months and 1 day.. These were the two 
oldest sons of Bro. Daniel and sister Maggie 
Stauffer. They were skating on Rock River, 
about five miles from home. Ollie skated 
t hole that was not frozen ovei and his 
brother, Charles, in attempting to rescue 
failed, and both were drowned. Funeral 
:es were conducted by the Brethren in 
iresence of a very large and sorrowing 
congregation. John Heckman. 

SHANAFELT.-In the Okaw church, Piatt 
Co., 111., Dec. 16, 1895, Ovid, son of Bro. and 
Shanafelt, aged 14 yeais, 3 months and 
25 days. Funeral services by G. B. Heeter. 
E. F. Wolfe. 

BROWN.-Near Rohrersville, Washington 
Co., Md., Dec. 20, 1895, sister Elizabeth Blown, 
aged 82 years, 6 months and 20 days. Inter- 
ment at Brownsville, Md. Funeral services 
by Eld. Eli Yourtee. Sister Brown was an 
invalid for many years. She called for the 
elders of the church and was anointed with 
oil upon the day of her death. 

J. T. M. Castle, 

January 18, 1896. 



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Christian Work, 

Lost in Sight of Home 


A suit over a dime was recently decided by the 
United States Supreme Court, costing over one 
hundred thousand dollars. It seems foolish, in- 
deed, to go to law over a ten-cent piece, and folly 
to spend over one hundred thousand dollars in 
the courts to settle the dispute, but in this case 
a principle was involved, and the suit was justifia- 
ble from a legal standpoint, at least. The suit 
originated in this way: A man and wife offered 
an old, well-worn silver coin to a street-car con- 
ductor in Jersey City, New Jersey, to pay their 
fare. The conductor refused it, and as the parties 
would not pay it in any other way, the conductor 
put them off. This led to the suit, and one ap- 
peal after another was taken, until it reached the 
highest court of the nation, and there it^was de- 
cided that silver coin could not be refused mere- 
ly because it is old and worn by much handling. 
The court maintained that silver coins are legal 
tender as long as they bear the semblance of coin. 
In the religious world there are people who are 
disposed to refuse a doctrine or practice, just be- 
cause it is old, and as they sometimes say, w< 
threadbare and will even go so far as to eject fn 
the church those who insist upon the' recognition 

Nature does some curious things, even to the 
making of a clock. It is reported that in the 
Southern part ot Mexico a flower has been dis- 
covered which in the early morning appears white,, 
at noon red, and at night blue. So regular are the 
changes made by this flower that the time of the 
day may correctly be determined by the tint of 
the flower. We will have to call this the red,, 
white and blue. It reminds us of some people we 
come in contact with. In the morning they are 
bright; at noon excited and in the evening too- 
blue to be of any comfort to themselves or any 
one else. They can change their appearance and 
condition as readily as the Mexico flower. 


two grcate 
Christian -w 
invitation v 


We have in the Brotherhood about 2,300 minis- 
ters. Among these are men of one talen*, up to 
five, and possibly more. But some of them, at 
times, feel greatly grieved because the people do 
not like to hear them preach, and of course blame 
the people for it. Just so long as they do this 
they will not make matters any better, but may 
make them a good deal worse. We suggest a bet- 
ter way. Let such preachers deliver short ser- 
mons, — the poorer the sermon the shorter it should 
be, — and put into their brief discourses the very 
best matter they can command, and they will soon 
notice a change in the expression of the people. 
A minister, even of very ordinary ability, who has 
judgment enough to preach short sermons, will 
generally be listened to with interest. There are 
very fe^v preachers in this world who have the 
ability to interest an audience one hour, and these 
seldom preach that long, especially in their home 

The ocean, as a body, is one of the great prob- 
lems of the earth. We know something of its 
surface, its metes and bounds, and have learned 
to fear its power, but beneath it, and all through 
it, are mysteries that man cannot solve. In places 
its depths cannot be fathomed and its bottom is 
strewn with treasures we are not able to reach. 
It holds in its embrace secrets the world can never 
know. Its depth in places is wonderful. An at- 
tempt was recently made to sound the Pacific 
Ocean near the coast of Japan, but the measuring 
wire broke at the depth of five and a half miles, 
a distance approximating the height of the loftiest 
mountain, Mount Everett, which is situated in the 
Himalaya range, to the north of India. How 
much deeper the water is at the point referred to 
cannot yet be determined, but it must be near six 
miles, so that from the lowest place in the ocean 
to the highest point of land in the world is not far 
from twelve miles. But he who made the great | 

ried up to the Supreme Court of heavtn, and then 


command giv 

?n by Jesu 

s, and 

every di 


belonging to the hou 

se of God 

will be 


A qu 

estionable act 

may seem 


and yet 



nvolve a prin 

:iple of th 

e greatest mag 



Let us be car 

eful how u 

e ignore the corn- 


of God just because they 

are ole 

and see 


Dut of date. 


,n. What, 
that make 

To work a faithful horse as long 
prove profitable, and then turn him 
commons to die, is considered inhu 
then, must be thought of the churchi 
no provision for their poor and wornout minis- 
ters? In far too many instances these faithful 
servants, after they are too old to be of any use 
to the church, are passed over to the world to feed 
and clothe until death calls them hence. Com- 
menting on this subject, the Pres&yterian, Philadel- 
phia, says: " In the Episcopal Church, chiefly in 
the diocese of New York, they are discussing the 
subject of 'The Necessity and Duty of Providing 
a Retiring Fund for the Clergy of the Church, of 
which an Aged or Disabled Presbyter can Avail 
himself without Humiliation.' It is a subject 
worth discussing, and may be very wisely taken up 
and considered by all the branches of the Chris- 
tian church. In the City of New York a pol 
man can retire, upon an adequate allowance, a 
thirty years' service. In a much higher sphere, 
officer of the army or navy of the United States 
can retire, or be retired, at the age of sixty-five 
years and receive a pension, which is called 'pay,' 
and which will support him comfortably during 
the remainder of his life. He takes this without 
'any sense of humiliation.' The Christian minis- 
try should fare as well as these two classes of offi- 
cials. In a tentative way, — though in a very good 
way, — the Presbyterian church is following in the 
wake of the state. It should take up the work in 
an enlarged and definite way, and make its 'retir- 
ing fund' a fund for all its veteran clergy, without 
any regard to the question whether they are 'dis- 
abled ' or not." 

f The Greek Church numbers millions, and so> H 
docs the Roman Catholic. During the early cen- 
turies they were united, but for a thousand years,, 
or nearly so, they have existed as separate bodies,, -g 
the former predominating in the East, and the « gj 
latter in the West. The present Pope would like qS 
to see the two bodies reunited, and a few months | N 
ago addressed a letter to the dignitaries of the 
Greek Church, inviting them to take into consid- 
eration measures to bring about the union of the 
lesiastical organizations in the 
The Greeks did not take to the 
riously. Lately the Patriarch of 
the Greek Church, the Archbishop of Constanti- 
nople and ten other bishops of renown, addressed 
H »" i t ""r I a letter to the world, in which they give the Roman j 
''• » I 

UatflOIlVS CO UUUtil&bdUU, i. ...... 

they should return to the old mother church thai 
they left centuries ago, put away their doctrinal er- 
rors, get rid of the pretensions to infallibility in the 
Pope, adopt trine immersion as the original form 
of baptism, and accept other obligations named. 
While the Greeks possess very little, if any more 
personal piety than the Roman Catholics, still it 
must be conceded that they have the advantage 
of them in the question of union. It is not proba- 
ble that a union between the two bodies will ever 
be effected, and upon the part of the Greeks it 
does not seem desirable, only in proportion as the 
Roman Catholics are willing to return to the Ori- 
ental church and her practice. 


Number Twenty-eight. 

Tenth Day, Friday, Oct. iS, /Sqs- 
We rose early; the weather was cool and over- 
coats very comfortable. At 6:45 we started on our 
southward journey, now heading for Jerusalem, 
ascending a very steep and rocky hill by bridle 
paths. We cannot describe to you the roughness 
of these roads, because you could not believe that 
t would be possible for horses to pass over them 
n safety, and we are sure our horses could not. It 
s astonishing how these horses do it. And though 
ve rode up and down over rocks, that it would be 
upposed only wild goats could do in safety, yet, 
n all our travel, our horse did not make a single 
tumble. We give them loose reins, and they pick 


their steps 
trust them with enti 
have had the trainin 
scend rocky hills wl 
a half dozen little 1 
alike rough that we 
take. In such cases 

derful pn 

e- 1 



sion, so that you 
specially such as 
:es we would de- 
auld be, perhaps, 
.nd they were so 

rn paths 

mid not know which one to 
e would leave our horses do 
d they would invariably take 
the best way, — in some cases stepping down over 
rocks one and two feet high, — and do it so smooth- 



January 25,1896. 

We became 
nd felt like 
at the end 

ly that no jar is felt by the ri 
wonderfully attached to our ho 
giving them a good big " backshi 
of our journey. 

As we were ascending the hill we met a large 
number of native women coming down with great 
burdens on their heads, some baskets filled with 
vegetables; others, great bundles of wood, enough, 
seemingly, to crush them to the ground, and yet, 
though they had come for miles, they trudged 
along quite lively. One woman we noticed among 
them, who carried a donkey load of wood, tied in a 
bundle. In her arms she had a small child, nurs- 
ing it as she walked along, This she did coming 
down a very rough and steep hill, without touch- 
ing the wood on her head with her hands. And 
; in no way fastened, but so well bal- 
d kept so in walking,— that it, seeming- 
3 no effort. To us it seemed impossible, 
'e passed her, we stopped our horse ami 
md, to see it fall off or the mother fall 
kill both herself and child. But our 
needless, as she walked right along. — 
and soon we met others doing the same thing. 

The thought came to us: If these women* ever get 
to heaven they will surely enjoy it. That is, they 
will have much resting to do from their labors. 
With these women big, stout men came along, 
riding on donkeys, carrying not a single thing. 
This, to our party, was aggravating and we felt like 
giving them a bit of our mind. Of course, we 
could not do it, and if we could, it would have 
done no good, as the servitude of women has be- 
come an established custom and it is so accepted 
by both parties. 

The first point of interest we came to is the site 
of the ancient Dothan, where Joseph found his 
brethren, revealed his drrams, and was cast into a 
pit. It is on a hij,l. as „aLl.xJJiB? Jin/t 
North Dakota ai 

yet it 
Iy, reqi 

fears 1 

The mounts are opposite, and though the exact 
spots are not known, where the persons stood when 
reading, it Is quite certain that these are the 
mounts, and that we stood very near to the place 
where the multitude were. As we read this 
twenty-seventh chapter and then look around the 
place and over the land, and also see the condition 
of the Jews of to-day, it is very apparent that the 
cursings came to the land and people, instead of 
the blessings. 

Leaving this place we come to Sychar, near by, 
where the tomb of Joseph is pointed out, and we 
come to the well of Jacob. Of all the places of 
Bible incidents in Palestine, none seems to be 
better established than this one, — and we are made 
to feel that we are in very deed at the place where 
Father Jacob was, and we looked down into the 
same well from which he drew and drank water. 
This is the same well where Christ sat on his mem- 
orable visit to Samaria, as given in John 4: 5-42. 
The whole scene came most vividly before us as we 
sat there and took in the surroundings. The 
women, as of old, were seen going back and forth, 
and we were made to think, what a blessing it 
would now be, if the same soul-loving Christ could 
be here and speak into their souls the hope of 
salvation and eternal life. Above all the places 
we have yet seen, this was the most impressive and 
we shall never forget the short time spent at 
Jac> b's well with the tomb of Joseph, and Sychar 


As we contim 
distance, the toi 
and step-son of 
place of several 

After an hou 
rocky bluffs, we 
cient Shiloh, wl 

ed southward \ 
lbs of Phineha 


juested to add 
this countr^ynd at the foot of this hill there is a 
well into wtrJfch. it is said, Joseph was cast. As the 
well, at this/dry season of the year, is filled with 
water, it is >|ot at all likely that it can be the pit 
into which' Joseph was cast. But as some very 
unlikely things are pointed out all over this land, 
we must accept them with a degree of allowance. 
It is sufficient for us to know that this is indeed the 
land of Dothan, and that it was once trod by the 
feet of the fathers,- Abram, Isaac, Jacob and Jo- 
seph and his brethren. 

At noon we lunched in an orchard of fig trees. 
Though the season was gone by, there were still 
some on the trees, though of an inferior quality. 
Next we came to the ruins of the ancient Sama- 
ria, — only a few mud huts, a Mohammedan mosque, 
and a Greek church. Inside of the latter is marked 
the tomb of John the Baptist, and some old ruins. 

From here we went to Nablous, — or the ancient 
Shechem, where we -pitched our tents. After a 
short rest in our tents we were conducted through 
the town. Though there are some fairly good 
buildings, the streets are narrow and dirty, and 
filled with a shiftless looking people, who seem to 
be living without a purpose. 

Eleventh Day, Saturday, Oct, IQ. 
After a good night's rest we left camp at seven 
o'clock, and, passing through the town, came to 
the Mounts of Blessings and Cursings (Deut. 27: 
14), Gerizim and Ebal. As the "blessings" and 
"cursings" were read from the mounts, our party 
was anxious to know if the reading could be heard 
in the flat or hollow between, and to make the test, 
one of our party climbed upon Mt. Ebal, which is 
quite high, the other one on Mt. Gerizim, and we 
stood between the two. When up, different Scrip- 
ture passages were read, and though the wind was 
blowing some at the time, it was surprising with 
what distinctness the readings could be heard by 

md Eleazar— son 
m— and lunched at Lebonah, a 
;es and a good spring, 
de through ravines and over 
:nded a steep hill to the an- 
there are the ruins of an old 
castle, c^ if the supposed spots^ where the taber- 
nacle stood, (Jeremiah 7: 12) and where a feast 
was annually held. " Then they said', Behold, there 
is a feast of the Lord in Shiloh yearly, in a place 
which is on the north side of Bethel, on the 

east side of the highway that goeth up from Beth- 
el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah." 
Judges 21: 19. 

This description is so precise that no room for 
doubt is left as to the locality, yet on the same 
hill, a little north, is another high peak with an- 
cient ruins, which is also said to be the place 
where the tabernacle was located. We were on 
both of them, and had grand views of the sur- 
rounding country. This was also the residence 
of Eli, where he received the sad intelligence that 
Israel was overcome by the Philistines, the death 
of his sons and the capture of the Ark of th 
As we stood on these heights we could almost see 
the hosts in battle array on the plains below, — the 
defeat, retreat and slaughter of the hosts of Israel, 
— the messengers, in great haste, running for the 
Mount of Shiloh, bearing the sad tidings to the 
priest, his receiving the news and falling back 
from his seat and dying. "And it came to pass, 
when he made mention of the ark of God, that he 
fell from off the seat backward, by the side of the 
gate, and his neck brake, and he died." (1 Sam. 
4: 18.) 

From here we made a circuitous course over hills 
and rocks, and turned in at Singel where we 
pitch our tents for the last* time, on the present 


As it 


Twelfth Day, Sunday, Oct. 20, \ 
'illage without any Bible 

e, and we name it only a 
Sunday morning and 01 
so nearly ended, we all feel like 
happy little band, hallelujah," 
to make for the end. The m 

imping place, 
rland journey 

nd are now ready 
rning is cool and 

"Holy City." The country and bridle-paths, as we 
approach the city, are exceedingly hilly and 
rough, and, still near*-, the land is terraced and 
planted in olive trees, which are bending with 
fruit, and the people are busy gathering. This is 
done by shaking and switching them to the ground 
where they are gathered by women into baskets, 
then into sacks and boxes, loaded on the backs 
of donkeys and taken to market. When the dis- 
tance is considerable, camels are used, carrying 
loads that weigh from nine to fourteen hundred 
pounds. All the country around is covered by 
vast olive orchards, so that olives are one of the 
staple productions, and give employment to a 
large number of people. 

We next pass through Ain el Haramlyeh or 
" Robbers' Caves " and the loneliness of the sur- 
roundings seems to justify the name. A person 
that is a little timorous and possesses a vivid im- 
agination, could readily see the robbers peeping 
from behind the craggy and projecting rocks, but 
we were not disturbed, either imaginary or really. 
After ascending another hill we had our first view 
of Jerusalem and the great mosques, minarets, 
steeples, etc., as they reflected the afternoon sun, 
made an imposing sight, and we all felt like lift- 
ing our hats and thanking the Lord for his watch- 
ful care over us, and for the privilege of viewing 
the city, from whence issued the Fountain for 
cleansing the world from the power of sin. 

We might have become enraptured and went 
off in a fit of ecstasies as some have done, at the 
first sight, but we were not so constituted, neither 
did we see cause for such demonstration. 

We next came to Betin, which is Bethel, which 
means, "the house of God." But the house long 
since, has been destroyed, and God, evidently, has 
left the place. It was near this place that Abram 
made his second stop in Palestine, on his journey, 
outhwardTrom Harari {Gen! 12": H), ~'tnd Called 
on the name of the Lord." In Joshua's division of 
the territory among the tribes, it was allotted to 
Benjamin, and under Jeroboam it became the cen- 
ter of the worship of Jehovah in the Northern 
kingdom. It is now a village of some four hun- 
dred inhabitants, and presents all the appearances 
of misery, poverty and desolation. 

Further on was shown the place where Abraham 
stood and offered the choice of the land to his 
nephew Lot, and quite a view could be had from 
the point noted. This is only supposition, of 
course. At Beerath we stopped for lunch and rest. 
The place owes its name to the abundant water sup- 
ply, as here .we found an excellent spring of fresh 
water which is quite a prize in this country, as wa- 
ter is very scarce during the dry season. Tradi- 
tion says that this is the place where Mary and 
Joseph* first discovered the absence of the child 
Jesus from their company. * 

As we approach still nearer to the city we have 
pointed out to us, Mizpeh, Rama, Gibeah of Saul, 
etc., all of Bible note, and may speak of them 

Now we are on the Jaffa road, enter the Jaffa 
gate, and at four o'clock halt and dismount at the 
Grand New Hotel, which will be our home dur- 
ing our stay in the city. Here we met brother 
and sister Miller, and once more we are a united 

Though this overland trip, down through Pal- 
estine, was one that we were all exceedingly anx- 
ious to make, yet, because of the unsettled con- 
dition of the people in the country, through which 
we had to pass, and the probable dangers that we 
might have to meet, we started, entertaining some 
doubts and fears. But, trusting in the Lord, who 
is able to save to the uttermost, we were most gra- 
ciously preserved from all harm and danger, and 

us who were midway betw 

ndertook it, as, in 
the two mounts, I saddle with our faces turned towards the once \ making it, we saw and learned much that makes 

pleasant, and at 7 o'clock we are once 

in the I are now truly glad that 

January 25, 1896. 



us stronger in the faith of the Master,, and, we 
trust, will be helpful to us in our work for the 
church and in further promoting the cause of the 
Master. And in saying this we feel that we voice 
the sentiments of all in our party. 

A few words as to our dragoman, who so ef- 
ficiently conducted us through, and we are done 
with this part of our journey. In a journey of 
this kind, much of the safety, pleasure and profit 
of it depends on the efficiency and possibilities of 
the one who has charge and conducts the party. 
We had the pleasure of having for our dragoman, 
Mr. Dimitri N. Tadros, a citizen of Jerusalem, a 
man of education, experience and familiar with 
the different languages used in the country, and 
well acquainted with the geography of the coun- 
try, and the places of interest to tourists. He is 
affable and courteous, and careful as to the safety 
and well-being of those who place themselves un- 
der his care. He supplied us with good and safe 
horses, excellent board, comfortable tents and 
beds, and, on the whole, gave us a safe, pleasant 
and enjoyable tour through Palestine, from Da- 
mascus to Jerusalem. We can cheerfully recom- 
mend him to those who may wish to make a simi- 
lar journey. h. b. b. 

ever was, and so ought Christians to be. Nothing 
can make us really and abidingly happy but this 
godlikeness of self-sacrifice. Not until we find 
it " more Messed to give than to receive," will we 
know the blessedness of Christ's rest. See Acts 
20:35 and Matt. 11:29. It is a wonderful thing to 
be a Christian. It is nothing less than very God 
manifest in our flesh. God in Christ will not help 
us unless " Christ is in us the hope of glory." 
Gal. 2: 20 and Col. 1 : 27. " The love of Christ con- 
strained us," and " we live not unto ourselves, 
but unto Him who died for us, and rose again." 
Cor. 5: 14, 15. " The peace of God which passeth 
Keeps our hearts and minds 
s." Philpp. 4: 7. " We endure 
is invisible," and " rejoice with 
d full of glory." Heb. 11:27 
When we are weak we are 

all understanding, 

through Christ Jes 

as seeing Him wh< 

joy unspeakable s 

and 1 Pet. 1:8. 

strong," " we glory in our infirmitie; 

pleasure in reproaches, in necessities 

tions, in distresses for Christ's sake.' 

9, 10. The naturally 

experience, and the unseen world is 

real and potent than things seen ar 

Matt. 21:21, 22 and 2 Cor. 4:1s. Ver 

are "a chosen generation, a royal p: 


w thyself a 


I sit beside my flying loom, 

I toss the shuttle to and fro; 
The sunlight floods the quiet room, 

Making the pattern gleam and glow. 
Without, autumnal glories shine; 

Through warp and woof rich shadows play; — 
Would God it were more fair and fine, 

This web that groweth day by day! 
' ' I weave and weave till day is done; — 

But who will bleach the linen white, 
By alchemy of rain and sun, 

Hot summer noons, and dewy night? 
And who its shining length will wear? 

Under its folds what heart will hide 
Its stress of passion, or of prayer, 

Of wordless bliss, or love denied? 
I plant a tree beside my gate; 

Slowly it rises, fair and tall; 
With prophecy of royal state 

It towers above the old gray wall! 
But who will see it in its prime? 

What lovers seek its leafy ways? 
What bard unborn, with song and rhyme, 

Wed its green boughs to deathless lays? 
I build a mansion wide and fair; 

I rear its towers of fretted stone; 
But who shall breathe its happy air? 

Who call its sheltering roof his own? 
What guests shall throng its chambers fine? 

What feet youth's joyous measures tread 
When I have drained life's last red wine, 

And grass grows green above my head? 
On the soft air I loose a song; 

From pole to pole it drifteth far; 
It floateth fast, it floateth long, 

Inconsequent as breezes are! 
But who will hear it as it flies 

Through shadowy spaces, vast and dim, 
And lure it from the lonely skies, 

When I have done with song and hymn? 

— Julia C. R. Dorr in the Independent. 

"FOR MY SAKE."-Matt. 5=»- 

Dearly Beloved in Christ:— 

Sin makes selfish, while love makes liberal 
and self-sacrificing. The great secret of Christiani- 
ty is to love as God loves. And how God loves 
we can see in John 3: 16, 2 Cor. 8: 9 and Luke 
9: 58. Unless this love is shed abroad in our hearts 
by the Holy Ghost, we are not the children of 
God. Rom. 5:5 and 1 John 4: 7" 10 ' This love 
will make Acts 2:44 and 4:32 the standing rule 
of the church. Alas, how far is this from being 
the fact to-day! God is as liberal to-day as he 

Cor. 12: 
iur daily 
to us more 
d temporal, 
ly the saints 
iesthood, an 

as portrayed in 2 Cor. 3: 18 and 4: 6, will reach its 
climax in the advent of our adorable Redeemer. 
"Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are 
Christ's at his coming." 1 Cor. 15:23. Our citizen- 
ship is in heaven; from whence also we look for 
the Savior, the Lordjtsits Christ: who shall change 
our vile body, that it may be FASHIONED LIKE 
UNTO HIS GLORIOUS BODY, according to the 
working whereby lie is able even to subdue all 
things unto Himself." Philpp. 3:20, 21. That 
power has been displayed in the resurrection, and 
is even now working mightily in them that believe. 
Eph. 1: 19, 20 and Col. 1: 29. The indwelling 
Christ is the indubitable assurance of our ultimate 
coronation with Him. " If the Spirit of Him that 
raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He 
that raised up Christ from the dead shall also 
quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that 
dwelieth in you." Rom. 8:11. Glorious prospect! 
Fellowship of life, fellowship of glory, fellowship 
of joy, one with Christ in all the unspeakable rev- 
elations of the Godhead forever and ever! Let 
it be our high and holy ambition to be CHRISTIANS: 
not imitators of each other, but disciples, and 

holy nation, a peculiar people." I Pet. 2: 9. 

How many of us belong to this elect family? 
A little flock." Luke 12: 32. '■ Many called, few 
chosen." Matt. 20: 16. Many profess, few possess. 
The cross of Christ is the test. The carnal mind 
shrinks; the regenerate heart welcomes. " My 
brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers 
temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your 
faith worketh patience." James 1:2, 3. " In your 
patience possess ye your souls." Luke 21:19. 
"The God of patience" is the source of all pa- 
tience in the saints. Rom. 15:5 and Col. I: II. 
Such souls can sing songs of praise in the " inner 
prison" with "the feet fast in the stocks," and 
"rejoice that they are counted worthy to suffer 
shame for His name." Acts 16: 24, 25 and 5: 41. 

This is religion, and only this. Who believes it? 
Who realizes and exemplifies it? All who incar- 
nate Christ. God did not come in the flesh to 
gather an elect of self-seeking Antinomians. Only 
those born of God, who are " partakers of the di- 
vine nature," can joyfully " look for that blessed 
hope, and the glorious appearing of the great 
God. and our Savior Jesus Christ." Titus 2: 13. 
The saints " love His appearing." 2 Tim. 4: 8. 
Their " life is hid with Christ in God," earnestly 
waiting for the advent of the Bridegroom, groaning 
within themselves for the adoption, to wit, the re- 
demption of the body. Rom. 8: 19-23. This fact 
is specially consolatory to you in your invalidism 
and helplessness. He is not only with you now 
as your life and peace and hope, but He will come 
1 you will " see him as he is, 
I John 3:2. Every pang that 
body is a prophecy of the " far 
1 eternal weight of glory." In 
mation, you may truly 
hich is but for a mo- 

again in person 
and be like him 
darts through y< 
more exceeding and 
view of this glorious consu 
say, " our light affliction, 
ment." 2 Cor. 4: 17. 

The second advent of Christ is as certain as the 
first. His work on earth is not yet done. The 
" until " in Acts 3:21 is a period of momentous im- 
port. No wonder the Christian is always jubilant, 
even if prostrate for years on the couch of suf- 
fering. The song of his soul ever is, "I know 
whom I have believed, and zm persuaded that He is 
able to keep that which I have committed unto 
Him against that day." 2 Tim. i: 12. There is 
a blessed counterpart to this in the pressing, loving 
injunction, "that good thing which was committed 
unto thee, keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelieth 
in us." '2 Tim. I: 14. "Kept by the power of Gou 
through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed 


What a present beatitude! What an inspiring 
Now are we the sons of God, and it doth 
ppear what we shall be." We are Christs 

ure and have heaven by prelibation. By 

faith we reckon according to Paul in Rom. 8: 18. 
The process now going on in our renewed nature, 

hope! " 
not yet 

i duplicates of Emmanuel. Let the 
1 Heb. 12: 2 be the consecration of our 
for time and eternity. 
:lose without thanking you that " your 
hath flourished again." Philpp. 4: 10. 
rity I can say that " I rejoice in the 
Lord greatly " that there are still some who re- 
member that Christ has a pen-minister whose work 
He sustains by ravens whom He commissions by 
the Holy Spirit to carry His bounty. My bank is 


In all 

founded on the 
Philpp. 4: 19; Col 
and Christ is God's. 
Union Deposit, Pa, 

nfinite resourc 

2: 9, 10. "\ 

1 Cor. 3: 23. 

of Jehovah, 
are Christ's; 


I1Y S. N, M'CANN. 

Number Four. 

" For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin, 
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."— 2 
Cor. 5: 21. 

To Refuse to Obey a Command of Jesus Throws us 
Back Upon Our Works, and then We Have but a Rel- 
ative Degree of Holiness. 

While our works are not meritorious in the 
work of salvation, they cannot be willfully with- 
held without cutting off our only ground of merit. 
While our obedience does not make a factor in the 
work of justification, to withhold our obedience in 
the smallest thing severs us from Christ, our only 
ground of merit. 

To refuse to obey is to become lord and master 
ourselves, instead of allowing Jesus to be such to 
us. John 13: 13-15. 

To refuse to obey is to say that we know better 
what is our duty than did our Dear Father in 
heaven. John 14: 24. 

To refuse to obey is to seek to please men and 
not God. Gal. 1: 10. 

To refuse to obey is to say our works are worth 
more than the works of Jesus, our Savior. 

To refuse to obey is to offend in one point and 
become guilty of all. James 2: 10. 

To refuse to obey is to say, " Lord, Lord," and 
not do the things that Jesus said. Matt. 7: 21. 

To refuse to obey is to know to do good and do 
it not. James 4: 17. 

To refuse to obey is 
the Word. James 2: 25. 

To obey all that we are commanded to do is to 
be but an unprofitable servant, but to refuse to 
obey anything that we are commanded to do will 
cut off Christ our Righteousness, and we be- 
come servants of the devil. Luke 17: 10. 

"Lord, not my will but thine" is the life-long 
plea of the man who has Christ for his holiness. 
" Father, it is so little that I do; help me to do 
more," is the bent of his mind. 

While the man who depends upon his works is 
seeking to find an excuse for less work, the man 

forgetful hearer of 



January 25,^ 

who depends alone upon the righteousness of Je- 
sus is seeking and longing for the opportunity and 
the ability to do more work. 

While the man who depends upon his work is 
seeking an excuse to gratify his lust for fashion- 
able dress and fashionable society, seeking an ex- 
cuse to gratify perverted appetite for tobacco, 
stimulants and the like, the man who depends 
alone upon Jesus is battling with every sin and 
every evil in himself, in the world, in dress, appe- 
tite, thought, word and all,— crying out in the ago- 
ny of his spirit, "Who shall deliver me from this 
body of death," instead of seeking an excuse to 
go on in sin. Rom. 7: 24. 

While the man who depends upon himself, is 
seeking to justify his failures by the failures of 
others, the man who is consecrated, having Christ 
as his substitute, is mourning over his failures and 
earnestly pleading for strength to overcome them. 

While the man who depends upon his obedience 
for justification rivals the lukewarm and careless 
to see who can be most like the world and yet 
be counted a Christian, — the one who depends not 
upon his works but upon Christ, our sanctification, 
strives to see more and more of the likeness of 
Jesus in his life. 

The man who trusts his obedience is apt to be 
concerned about what people think u r say about 
his obeying this command or that one, but the 
man who trusts Christ's obedience is concerned 
to know what his Master would have him to do, for 
he loves Jesus. 

The man who obeys in order to get to heaven, 
will find some things that he don't need to do 
in God's Word, but the man who obeys because 
he is perfect, because he is holy, Christ being 
his righteousness, never finds a non-essential in 
God's Holy Word. 

The man who obeys because it is his duty to 
obey, will often find an excuse, but the man who 
obeys because he is consecrated, will never find 
an excuse. 

If Christ could only be Lord and Master, this 
strife about dress, worldly amusements, tobacco, 
stimulants as a beverage, feet-washing, salutation 
of the holy kiss, baptism, non-swearing, non-re-" 
sistance, secret societies, and the like, would cease, 
and true consecration would give willing, loving 

To refuse to obey Christ in the smallest thing 
cuts him off as our righteousness, and then we 
have no part with him, for our works cannot justify 

Peter willfully refused to obey when he said to 
the Lord, "Thou shalt never wash my feet," John 
13:8, but when he learned what the penalty would 
be he humbly submitted. For us to willfully dis- 
obey takes Christ from us and then we have no 
part with him. 

" If a man love me he will keep my words," 
John 14: 23. " If ye keep my commandments, ye 
shall abide in my love." John 15: 10. The con- 
secrated child loves because Jesus justifies, sanc- 
tifies and saves him, because Christ is his holiness, 
his perfection, his righteousness, and because he 
loves he obeys from the heart that form of doctrine 
delivered unto him. 

The consecrated child, realizing that even while 
he was yet a sinner Christ died for him (Rom. 
5: 8), loves because he is a new creature " created 
in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath 
before ordained that he should walk in them." 
Eph. 2: 10. 

True consecration means loving, consecrated 
service, means to spend and be spent for the good 
of others, means to be constantly nailed to 'the 
cross, dying and behold we live, sorrowing yet 
always rejoicing, having nothing, yet possessing 
all things. " Lord, not my will, but thine be done." 


All signs seem to indicate the impending dis- 
solution of the Turkish Empire. The fall of Con- 
stantinople may occur any day. Never since the 
fall of that celebrated city, centuries ago, has there 

occurred an event with greater consequences for 
succeeding times than such as may follow the 
downfall of Constantinople now. Certainly the 
rule of the Turk deserves to come to an end. 
Abdul Hamid has completely demonstrated the 
incapacity of his race to rule any longer over 
some of the fairest lands on earth. Armed inter- 
vention ought immediately to take place on the 
part of the six great powers in behalf of the 
Armenians, and it is devoutly to be hoped that 
a partition of the Sultan's dominions may at once 
follow. Armenia should be constructed into an 
independent state. The Armenians are perfectly 
capable of self-government, and undoubtedly, with 
their commercial instincts, would enter upon a 
career of unparalleled prosperity, even for so old 
a nation. 

Many perplexing questions will arise with the 
dismemberment of the Turkish dominions. As a 
partial solution to this whole question, why would 
it not be well to erect the land of Palestine into 
a Jewish republic? To be sure, this would not 
solve the most perplexing phases of the question. 
It would not determine as to what shall become 
of Constantinople. But it would dispose of the 
difficulty as to the disposal of a part of the do- 
minions in Asiatic Turkey. Moreover, it would 
settle so many vexing sociological problems that 
have disturbed the peace of Europe for centuries, 
that it would seem the part of wisdom so to do. 
By this means Anti-Semitism might be forever 
banished from Austria, Germany and Russia; and 
by giving to the Jewish race a local habitation 
and a name, a career of unexampled prosperity 
might be inaugurated even for that once pros- 
perous and ancient race. With a home of their 
own, the Jewish people would command respect 
everywhere; and there is an abundance of wealth 
and political sagacity among them for the most 
successful carrying out of the idea. 

Is not this the time for the Zionistic movement 
to be pressed to its utmost conclusions? Where 
are the friends of this movement among the 
English nobility? Let them watch the signs of 
the times and make their influence to be felt in 
political circles for the rehabilitation of Palestine 
in more than its pristine glory. Who among them 
have entered upon the active campaign of agita- 
tion and of creating public opinion for this much- 
to-be-desired object? Philhelienism was a noble 
passion, but Philhebraism has more of possibilities 
within it for the world's betterment than possibly 
can proceed from Greece in the days to come. 

The government of the new State ought to be 
a republic. This would be far more in keeping 
with the sentiments of non-Jewish peoples who 
would make such a project feasible. The idea of 
any king of the Jews reigning in Jerusalem other 
than Jesus would be repugnant to the sentiment 
of Christendom. One only is King of the Jews. 
That any other than a king of David's line should 
reign in Jerusalem over the Jews, would be anoma- 
lous and undesirable. All records of the Davidic 
house have long ago perished. Jesus only is the 
King of the line of David who has the right to 
rule over the Jews. The best solution as to the 
form of government for the Jewish State, it would 
seem, would be a republic. This would be, in 
some measure, a return to the form of government 
prevalent in Israel before the erection of the 
monarchy. The chief rulers at that time were de- 
nominated judges. Similarly the chief magistrates 
in the sister Semitic North African state of 
Carthage were called Suffices, a Punic word allied 
to the Hebrew Sophelim, judges. The Jewish peo- 
ple are possessed of eminent capacity for popular 

The laws of Schulchan Aruch and of the Talmud 
would be inappropriate to be made the code of 
the land without modification at the present day. 
But Israel is rich in legal lore and from the store- 
houses of his own vast treasuries of learning, let 
the code of the land be drawn. Those repositories 
of common law, Babba Kamma, Babba Metsia, Babba 
Bathra, in the Mishna surely would furnish a great 
amount of material that would apply at the present 

time. Let the Sublime Porte, Babli All, be taken 
down, and let these three gates be erected, modi- 
Red largely by certain ideas of Christian civilization 
which have been acquired in western lands; as 
for example, by ideas of modern civilization con- 
cerning divorce. 

Of course we refer only to the highest standards 
on this subject. It is time that Turkish travesties 
of justice were put down in Palestine, and that 
tribunals be erected whence justice in reality shall 
be dispensed. One of the first principles of Pal- 
estine law should be the separation of church and 
state. No form of religion should be made the 
state religion. This would be on a level with the 
most advanced enlightenment of the present day. 
The world has seen too much (and still is witness 
of the same), of the evil effects of the union of 
church and state. The Jews have suffered infinite- 
ly too much to become themselves a persecuting 
power. A large element of Judaism would never 
consent to witness such proceedings. Many of 
the accepted principles among Christian nations 
are the direct outgrowth of the teachings of the 
New Testament. These, many of them, the Jewish 
people would have to accept, else there would 
be another eastern question, and cause for inter- 
ference again on the part of the powers. All, 
however, will be happily disposed of when the 
principles of the New Testament shall directly 
take root and spread with any large success among 
the Jews. The union of church and state is for- 
bidden by the New Testament. The words of 
Jesus are plain. All Christian nations have not 
apprehended his words, however. In proportion 
as the " church " has been dominated by worldly 
ambitions, she has not desired that the question 
should be understood in the light of the New 
Testament. But the nearer that Christian people 
approach to apostolic Christianity, the clearer will 
the subject be understood; and when Christianity 
prevails among the Jews, as it certainly will, Jews 
will accept nothing less than apostolic Christianity, i 
Should this project of a Jewish state materialize, ' 
they, among the Jewish people, who have become 
believers in Jesus, ought to take a living interest 
in the whole subject, and when the time is oppor- 
tune, they should enter into the land with their 
brethren, adding the leaven of their influence in 
the important work of the reconstruction of the 
Jewish state. — The Peculiar People. 



As I look from my window to our little garden 
this wintry morning, it is almost full of snow. The 
storm of the past few days has caught up the flakes 
and whirled them around, and at last cast them 
in some sheltered nook. This garden that, a few 
days ago, blushed in pink and carmine upon the 
deep green background, and where the birds, en- 
ticed by the rich odors of the lily and rose, came 
to sing their sweetest songs, is now buried deep 
beneath the snow. Instead of the bewildering 
richness of the feathered songsters, we have the 
angry moan of the hurricane. 

How changed the scene! The violets and but- 
tercups, — peeping through the verdure, bowing 
their coronated heads to the soft breeze, to crown 
the Queen of Spring, and waiving their perfumed 
censer to fill the air, as it dozed in contented 
languor,— are swept away as if by magic, and the 
fitful storm from wintry skies is holding all now 
in its icy embrace. 

How much like this garden is our life! Pros- 
perity fills us with plenty. Roses bloom along 
our path. Joy fills our heart and our cup is full. 
The envoy of health has bathed his wings in the 
dews of the morning, and health follows, while 
disease is driven away as it fled from the Savior's 
touch. Life, at its best, is a pleasant thing. We 
repose in the beauties around. The soul is filled 
with the entrancing music of joy. Every sight and 
sound conspires to add new charms to life. 

Now comes the reverse. Prosperity withers be- 

January 25, 18 



fore the scorching blast of want. Health fades 
before the miasmatic agent of disease. Bereave- 
ment fills the soul with the sad loneliness that 
knows no comfort. Joy is turned to sorrow. Our 
sweet and pleasant sleep is turned to heaviness 
The nerves are all on a twitch, and cruel pain racks 
the body. Like the garden, we are snowed under, 
and hemmed about,— yes, drifted in. O, how 
gloomy life is now! No sounds to cheer. No 
birds to twitter. The flush of health is faded out 
of the cheek, and life is only a waste of wearisome 
hours. But the Queen of Spring will, in due time, 
assert her power and drive back the Winter King! 
and, with her balm-laden breath, dissolve the 
snow-drift and call forth the flowers that slumber 
beneath it, and paint upon their leaves the beauti- 
ful colors of life, and fill their chalices with the 
rich odors of her native tropical clime. The feath- 
ered choristers will come and fill the air with melo- 
dy, and all will appear the more lovely, and make 
life the sweeter because of the change and variety. 
The snow was a shelter while here, and its going 
left the elements of growth in the soil, and the 
garden, in its vegetables and fruits to strengthen, 
and flowers to gladden, was made the better by its 
being here. 

The reverses of this life have their use. Those 
who have passed under the darkest clouds of sor- 
row and want know best how to appreciate joy 
and prosperity. We learn life's lessons best in 
the thorny road of experience The road to high- 
er Christian attainments, starts in the sufferings 
and sorrows of this life. 

Flowers, when bruised, emit their sweetest fra- 
grance; so our Christian graces are brought to 
a higher degree of perfection under the rod of 
affliction. If the heart does sometimes ache, it 
is made better by the pain. Solomon says: " By 
the sadness of the countenance the heart is made 
better." Bereavement impresses the heart with 
lessons of tenderness and sympathy. That which 
. we make a sacrifice to obtain, becomes the more 
1 precious 1 to us because of the sacrifice. It is the 
sun shining on and behind the clouds that hangs 
God's great pictures on the walls of the sky, and 
gives us the glory of the sunset. Cheer up, 
"pilgrim, bereft and lone," 

"The clouds that shadow the earth, 
And the lurid storms that rise. 
Are lined with a golden light, 
And served but to paint the skies." 

" Trust in the Lord and he will strengthen thy 
heart." All our despondency and heartaches will 
then pass away as the morning mist, in the dissolv- 
ing rays of heavenly peace that always follow 
the night of sorrow and trouble. The darker the 
night the brighter the stars shine, — the darkness 
makes them sparkle. Said our Savior: "Blessed 
are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted." 
" He that goeth forth weeping, bearing precious 
seeds, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, 
bringing his sheaves with him." 

This should inspire us with joy. This caused 
the apostles to sing praises to God in the dungeon 
at midnight. This gave to David "songs in the 
night." "Unto the upright there ariseth light in 
the darkness." 
"O the rain song of the robin! How it thrills my heart to 

The rain song of the robin in the summer of the year! 

How I long for wings to join him where his carol poureth free. 

And for words to beg the secret of his magic minstrelsy! 

Does he sing because he revels in the fury of the storm? 

In the thunder and the lightning does he find a hidden charm? 

Or, with prophet eye, enraptured, does he see the darkness 

And the beauty which shall blossom when the clouds disperse 

at last? 
When the rain on me descendeth, and thy clouds above me roll, 
Grant, O God, the power of singing to my tempest-shaken soul ! 
May I see thy mercy shining far behind the outer gloom! 
May f hear the angels chanting! May I see the lilies bloom!" 
McKee's Gap, Pa. 



The storms of life often seem to engulf us. At 
times the waves toss us up and down the ocean of 
time, and the tide carries us onward in the gale. 
We, as lost mariners, are drifted upon the rocks. 
Helpless and lost is our condition were it not for 
the still small voice, which, in this momentous 
hour, calls us and says, ■■ Where is your faith ? " It 
is Jesus that is near by, to quell the sorrows that we 
encounter on life's troubled sea. Do we not hear 
his question amid our greatest trials, as tossed by 
the raging winds? His loving answer is, " Peace, 
be still." Ah, Jesus is by our frail bark, to guide 
us safely to shore, if we only trust in his grace. 

How many hearts can say as the Master said 
one occasion, " Thy faith hath made thee whole; g 
in peace? " Have we faith in him who has pron 
ised that all those things should be added unto 1 
if we believe in his name? He will verify h 
promise if we have a living faith. He asks us to do 
his teachings or commands. 

The duties of life are many, and often require us 
to show to the world our faith. James says, " Shi 
me thy faith without works and I will show thee 
my faith by my works. Have we faith to put 01 
the whole armor of God,— to separate oursclve 
from the world in conversation and in non-confot 
mity? Have we faith to carry cups of cold wate 
in the Master's name, to visit the sick non-profes 
sors. and humbly fall upon our knees and ask th 
Father's blessings upon them and theirs, to restore 
them to health if it is his will? Have we faith to 
speak to the erring, to win them to Christ? If 
are not daily walking by faith, then can the wc 
say to us, " Oh vain man, thy faith without works 
is dead." 

Pleasant Home, Oregon. 

Losing the temper takes all the sweet, pure feel- 
ing out of life. You may get up in the morning 
with a clean heart, full of song, and start ou 
happy as a bird, and the moment you are crossed 
and you give way to your temper, the clean fcelin 
vanishes and a load as heavy as lead is rolled upon 
the heart, and you go through the rest of the day 
feeling like a culprit. And any one who has 
perienced this feeling knows that it cannot be 
shaken off, but must be prayed off. 

Man is worth saving or Christ would not have 
lived and died to save man. No matter how base 
how gross, how debauched men may be they are 
worth saving. There is a jewel in every soul anc 
that jewel should belong to God. — Rev. J. L. Hasite. 


Genius loves toil, impediment and poverty, for 
from these it gains its strength, throws off the shad- 
ows, and lifts its proud head to immortality. 

THE POWER OF JESUS.-Luke 5: 17-26. 

(Lesson for Feb. 2, 1896.) 

Time.— A- D. 28, a few weeks after the time of 
last lesson. 

Place. — Capernaum, a city on the northwestern 
shore of the Sea of Galilee, about seventy-five 
miles north of Jerusalem. 

Persons. — Jesus, Scribes and Pharisees, the pal- 
sied man and his attendants. 

Introductory. — After the Master's rejection at 
Nazareth, which occurred immediately after the 
delivery of his discourse, of which we studied in 
last le=son, he removed to Capernaum, where he 
called James, John, Peter and Andrew from their 
fishing nets, and then, on that great day of mira- 
cles, he cast out an evil spirit, healed Peter's 
wife's mother, and many other sick who came to 
him. From here the Lord and his disciples set 
out on their first missionary tour through Galilee. 
Upon their return to Capernaum the events of this 
lesson occurred. 

1. an act of faith. 

1. They sought an opportunity. "They sought 
means to bring him in. This was the kind of faith 
that was anxious to express itself. These friends 
of this poor invalid believed in the power of Jesus 
to heal, and believing this, they were on the alert 
to bring their unfortunate brother within reach of 
this power. O brethren, must we not confess that 
our lives are too empty of effort to bring our sin- 
sick neighbors within the range of the healing, 
power of Jesus? If half of us who profess to be- 
lieve in Jesus were interested as we should be im 
the salvation of the lost, and diligent and con- 
stant in seeking means to bring them in, an impetus 
would be given to this soul-saving work of the 
Lord hitherto altogether unknown. 

2, Their effort was extraordinary. They could 
not bring their palsied friend to the Divine Heal- 
er by ordinary means. "They could not find by 
what way they might bring him in." Then "they 
went upon the housetop, and let him down through 
the tiling." To-day, when men fail, by ordinary 
means and ordinary efforts, to bring their friends 
to Jesus they usually give it up. It really appears 
too often, anyhow, as if we were looking more for 
excuses for abandoning the Lord's work than for 
opportunities for accomplishing his purposes. To 
accomplish an extraordinary amount of extraordi- 
nary work there must be a considerable amount of 
extraordinary effort. In this case it took four men 
and the breaking in of a house roof to save one. 
In this age, when so many are sin-sick and sin- 
dying, why do we not use as great diligence to 



toration of the palsied man was done in 
response to faith. Jesus is always pleased with a 
confiding faith and is always prompt to reward it. 
lie bestows upon us showers of blessing, abun- 
dance of love and grace, not because we have 
earned them or in any way deserve them, but be- 
cause he in mercy hears our believing petitions, 
and in pity and compassion sees, our utter hclp- 
lessnes and need. 


1. The Lord 's power over metis bodies. He could 
say, "Arise, and take up thy couch," and the most 
stubborn case of disease would yield to his divine 
command and release from thralldom its long-held 
victim. At a time when all the race lay in dark- 
ness and the principles of the new kingdom were 
unreceived and for the most part unknown, the 
Lord thus outwardly manifested his power over 
men's bodies that he might thus reach their souls. 
They had to be convinced of his power and au- 
thority, and hence, upon this occasion, as upon 
others, he exercised his power that all men might 
know that he was the Divine Person he claimed 
to be. 

2. The Lords power over men' s souls. It was as 
easy for him to say, "Thy sins be forgiven thee," 
as to say, " Rise up and walk." We look upon the 
marvelous displays of divine power, manifested in 
olden times, as contrasted with anything we see 
to-day, and we say, "The days of miracles are 
past." But we forget that a renewed soul is more 
worthy of wonder than a resurrected body; that to 
accomplish the former requires as direct an inter- 
position of the power of God as the former; that 
miracles of divine grace have now taken the place 
largely of miracles in the material realm. God is 
as mighty to-day as in any age of the world and 
wills to do as much for the human race; but with 
thousands of servants who ought to stand ready 
to do his bidding, he now would act through hu- 

nstrumcntality. It is my duty and yours to 
e human suffering, to heal the sick, to feed 
the hungry and to comfort the dying; and in a 
piritual way to strengthen the weak, carry medi- 
ine and eye-salve to the sick and blind, and offer 
the life-giving Word to the spiritually dying, and 
the dead! Shall the work of the Lord thus 
nue as effectively as when he was here in per- 
He would have it so continue through our ef- 
fort/ What are we doing? James M. Neff. 
FruiidaU, Ala. 


January 25, 1896. 



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Havf. you any unkind thoughts? 
Do not write them down. 
Write no word that giveth pain; 
Written wortls may long remain. 
Have you heard some idle tale? 
Do not write it down. 
Gossips may repeat it o'er, 
Adding to its bitter store. 
Have you any care'ess jest? 
Bury it, and let it rest; 
It may wound some loving breast, 
Words of love nnd tenderness, 
Words .,r truth and kindliness, 
Words of comfort for the sad, 
Words of gladness for the glad. 
Words of counsel for the bad — 
Wisely write them down. 

My things, 

Words, though small 
Pause before you wri 
Little words may gro 
With bitter breath, o 
Pray before you writi 

e then: 

1' and bloom 



— It affords us pleasure to give the readers of the 
Messenger some of the happenings of the past 
month. Although the holiday vacation this year 
was somewhat longer than usual, some of our stu- 
dents found it too short. A larger number than us- 
ual visited loved ones in their homes. 

— Prof. Royer spent his vacation near Dayton, 
Ohio, holding a series of meetings. He reports a 
pleasant and profitable meeting. 

—Profs. Clair and Weaver visited the National 
Business Institute in Chicago. They believe in im- 
proving every opportunity in preparation to do 
more efficient work. 

—During the holiday vacation quite a number of 
our former students took upon themselves the mar- 
riage vow. Among them we mention Bro. C. E. 
Eckerle, Pres. of Roanoke, Va., Business College, 
and sister Ella Amick, of Mt. Morris; Bro. Wm. 
Trostle, of Iowa, and sister Katie Rowland, of Polo, 
111.; Bro. D. L. Forney, from the Southwestern 
Mission Field, and sister Anna Shull, of Virden 
111.; and Bro. ]. K. Miller, of Iowa, and sister Shel- 
ley, of Mastersonville. Pa. May their united lives 
be spent in the service of the Master. 

—Among the number of former students and 
teachers who visited friends at Mt. .Morris during 
vacation, we mention Prof. Schlicher, Emery Yundt 
L. A. Pollock, M. W. Emmert, U. R. Young and 
Martin Hoffman. 

—With the opening of the new year our enroll- 
ment has been materially increased, and the pros- 
pects for the future are encouraging. 

At this writing one week of our Bible term is 
past. The term promises to be one of the most in- 
teresting and profitable ones we have ever had. 
Thus far classes recited daily in New Testament 
Geography, Life of Christ, Jewish History, Moral 
Philosophy, Church Doctrine, Missionary Work, 
Homiletics, and Bible and Hymn Reading. Over 
one hundred have taken work in these classes, rep- 
resenting Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, 
and Missouri.* The Lord so direct as to make the 
work done prove far reaching for good. 

Mrs. Flora E. Teague. 



There is probably no other calling that affords 
better opportunity to discover in one's own self the 
existence of real selfishness than in that of mission 
work. We ask the Lord to guide us in our daily 
work, to bring us in contact with those who need 
our help, and with such circumstances as will ad- 
vance his cause and then shrink from a plain duty 
which lies before us. Such was our experience re- 
cently upon entering the sickroom of a poor He- 
brew mother. But thanks be to God who gives 
grace for the hour and frequently follows it with 
an immediate blessing. The blessing may be as 
the look of sincere gratitude from one who could 
look her thanks better than express them. 

We are sometimes written to, to secure employ- 
ment for persons. While " there is always room at 
the top," there are many in this great city out of 
work. Not long since I heard a gentleman give a 
motto for any seeking employment. It was this; 
'■ Put yourself right with God, ask him for work; 
then hustle." Although the expression is not the 
most elegant, it contains good advice. There are 
others who write us, expressing a great desire to do 
mission work and to attend a Bible school. We 
are glad for the growing spirit of sacrifice. More 
laborers are needed and more competent and con- 
secrated ones are needed. If you think your field 
where you are is too small for you, work all the 
more and the bands that hinder you will break as a 
result of your own earnest efforts. If you cannot 
attend a Bible school, if you cannot sit in the tem- 
ple among the doctors, hearing and answering 
questions, then be subject to the sphere of home 
life. It may be that that is the place where the 
Lord wants you at present. But while in the quiet 
Nazareth home, be sure you grow. Grow in grace, 
by diligent study; in stature, or strength, by honest 
labor; in favor with God and man, by obedience. 

A good mother writes, "We are three. We have 
a dear little boy. Pray for us that we may teach 
and train him aright." Would that we had more 
praying mothers as was Samuel's, and more par- 
ents who, as the parents of the boy Jesus, were in 
the habit of going regularly to the temple to wor- 
ship. There is probably no more fruitful cause for 
the need of mission work, than the lack of praying 
mothers and fathers, and of church-going fathers 
and mothers. Joseph and Mary had Christ in their 
home and might for this reason have had an excuse 
for not going to church, but had they not been 
church-goers. God would not likely have given 
them the honor of training his Son Jesus. If we 
would have Christ in our home, let us not " forsake 
the assembling of ourselves together as the manner 
of some is," and the Lord will delight in helping 
train the boys and girls. 

"I enclose in my letter one dollar for the mis- 
sion. Part of it is of my week's wages, and fifty 
cents I saved by walking to our nearest town in- 
stead of going in the stage." " I never gave any- 
thing so much from the heart as this, and I am hap- 
py." These words came from a girl who once at- 
tended a boarding school. The Lord's store-house 
is full of blessing, but we have no promise of shar- 
ing them without sacrifice. 

" Little Mary" sends us pretty cards and Sunday 
school papers for the children. She is in her own 
beautiful yet possible way helping " make ready a 
people prepared for the Lord." A class of Sunday 
school boys sends a contribution, the money the re- 
sult of each one investing a dime given them one 
year ago by their teacher. One boy gave his ex- 
perience, which may be helpful to others. He 
first bought a pig, and it died. He then bought an- 
other, and it died also. He then invested in poul- 
try, and the result was success, a good, liberal do- 
nation for the Lord's work, and doubtless he is the 
more a real boy, and will the more make a real 
man, for having persisted notwithstanding apparent 
failures. Has not the Lord blessed him thrice, for 
three honest efforts, else how could he have made 
the second and third investment? A class of Sun- 
day school girls from the same school have remem- 
bered the Lord's work here also. May God bless 
one and all who have so kindly sent of their means, 
as well as clothing and papers. " Whosoever is of 
a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the 

183 Hastings St., Chicago. 


A striking illustration of the deadly fascination 
of strong drink may be found in the following ac- 
count taken some time since from the Kansas City 

" A young gentleman, a journalist, a capitalist, 
and a Christian, is the victim of a suddenly ac- 
quired mania, which is remarkable. He went to 
visit his former home, last summer, in Cincinnati. 
On his way home to Kansas City he became sick, 
and. in the absence of a doctor, went to the steam- 
boat bar and asked for and was given a drink of 
whiskey. The drink coming upon a system unac- 
customed to it, created an intoxication, which has 
i perpetual ever since. It gave the young man 
1 a mania for strong drink that nothing could 
restrain him in his excesses. 

There was nothing about his intoxication offen- 
sive to those who visited him. On the contrary, 
his brilliant mind and inexhaustible fund of conver- 
sation seemed to be renewed. He knew that he 
was surrendering himself to drink and its fascinat- 
ing effects, but paid no attention to the remon- 
strances of his friends. There was nothing violent 
in his excesses. He was calm, mild, and genial; 
but he insisted on drinking when he desired to 
drink, and he kept on drinking. He had a wife to 
whom he was devoted; he idolized her and made 
every provision for her comfort. He was a member 
of a church, and in good standing; a good lawyer, 
and the chosen leader of the Young Men's Repub- 
lican Club. He owns a large amount of real estate, 
and was on the highway to wealth and prosperity. 
He had never taken a drop of intoxicating liquors in/its 
life before this drink was taken on the Ohio steam- 
boat. Yesterday he was taken East by his father 
and brother, where restraint will be placed upon his 
actions, in the hope that the brilliant and cultivated 
mind may be saved from this strange and fatal in- 

Such was the effect of taking a single glass of 
whiskey. Up to that point this young man could 
say, " I can drink, or I can let it alone;" but when 
he had once drank, he could let it alone no longer. 
What he drank no one can tell. The drugged in- 
toxicants of the present day work fearful havoc 
with both mind and body. Genuine alcoholic 
liquors are deadly, but the drugged and adulterat- 
ed beverages now in use are far worse. He that 
lets them alone is safe.. He who tastes a single 
drop may find in him the appetite of drinking an- 
cestors, which only waits a spark to kindle it into a 
devouring flame. 

Men differ Some can drink, and stop when 
they please. Others cannot. You can set a light 
to a stick of wood, and put it out when it is half 
burned; but if you undertake to burn out half of a 
keg of powder, you will not be able to stop just on 
the line. Keep fire away from powder, and whiskey 
away from men.— Christian Safeguard. 

January 25, 18 



General Missionary .3 Tract Department 

S. F. Sanger, . 
5. R. ZUG. . . . 
Isaac Frantz,. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 

nd Tract Committee, Mount 



"They have not passed away. The ages lie 
In myriad heaps of ashes, cold and gray, 
Upon the moorlands stretching far away 
Into the past, where gaunt against the sky 
A cross once stood and raised its arms on high. 
Gone is the cross, and likewise gone are they 
Who saw the Master lifted up that day 
To perish that the world might never die, 
But to have eternal life. Caiaphas lies 
To his last sleep, and Herod's bones are dust; 
Judas' memory is a thing of rust, 
Which Time shall sweep away. The arching skit 
Themselves shall pass; the earth itself decay; 
But Christ's sweet words shall never pass away." 


Practice what you preach is a maxim as appro- 
priately applicable to-day, as when first used an- 

Criticism is one of the lawful things of the day, 
to which we are sometimes subjected. But if 
ever there was a time in which men and women 
should stand -firm with their feet on the rock Christ 
Jesus, it is in this our day of modern criticism. 
Men and women of strong convictions of truth are 
/wanted all along the line, fearlessly and boldly ad- 
vocating what is taught in divine revelation. 

Nearly forty years ago I had the privilege of 
seeing and hearing the eminent Dr. Philip Schaff 
in a number of sermons from the pulpit, when he 
was President of a theological college of the then 
" German Reformed Church" (but afterwards the 
word German was dropped) at Mercersburg, Pa. 
Mr. Schaff was a man of strong physical body, as 
well as strong mentally. 

On one occasion when the mode of baptism was 
called in question by under-professors and stu- 
dents of the college referred to, the doctor, with 
his strong convictions of Christian baptism, was 
called to help settle the "difficult problem." He 
openly expounded it as meaning trine immersion, 
which nearly cost him his position as President of 
the college. Oh, for more divine power to carry 
out our strong convictions of truth! 

Philip Schaff's comments on doctrinal points are 
largely used in our Bible Schools. These facts are 
given to the readers of the Messenger, that others 
may appreciate the doctor's position, at least pri- 
vately. Had he lived at the present time, with so 
many more strong advocates of Primitive Chris- 
tianity, he might have been won to a greater power 
for good in the world. A man, holding a lucrative 
position as he did, at the time of the exposition re- 
ferred to, with high, worldly honors heaped upon 
him, was not likely to break the shackles and fet- 
ters that bound him to a people that conferred so 
much respect, by aiding so freely financially. 

The doctor had very little of this world's goods 
when he came to America. An incident in his life 
here shows his appreciation of favors. He was a 
strong believer of "heavenly recognition" and 
wrote some of the finest sentiments I ever read, 
outside of God's Word. 

One of the members of his church who had 
given much substantial aid, had gone to his re- 
ward. A son following in the footsteps of his 
generous father, having, in after-years, sickened, 
and was nearing the brink of life, Mr. Schaff called 
upon him in hi3 last moments and sent with the 

dying man to the eternal world this message, 
" Tell your father when you see him how I am suc- 
ceeding down here. I owe so much to him for his 
assistance and so much appreciate his benevo- 
lence." Here the veil of futurity may have been 
drawn too far, but let us, brethren and sisters, 
from this take the lesson, to fearlessly preach what 
we practice, is my prayer! 
Mt. Moms, III. 



[Here is something that we would like all of our agents and 
preachers to read, and then act accordingly.— Ed.] 

The Gospel Messenger comes to our home 
each week and we appreciate the visit. Wc have 
heard it said that when we liked the minister's 
preaching we should not be afraid to tell him so. 
Acting on the principle, we will say that the Mes- 
senger is a good paper. It is a query to us how 
so many families in the Brotherhood can do with- 
out the church paper. It is also a subject of won- 
der that there is so little effort made to increase 
its circulation. We do not remember of ever meet- 
ing the agent of the Messenger in making a can- 
vass of the congregation, yet we frequently meet 
the agents for other papers. 

We think one of the principal reasons why the 
Messenger is not more generally read is, that its 
value as a family paper is not known. The Gospel 
Messenger should be a welcome visitor at every 
home and fireside in the Brotherhood, and by some 
effort on the part of the members, those of the 
neighbors who are not members, might be in- 
duced to subscribe, and, through the influence of 
the paper, become members of the church, and re- 
joice not only in the weekly visits of the paper, 
but in the hope of salvation. 

The Messenger is a reliable source of informa- 
tion to those most remote, as well as those cen- 
trally located, of every movement, enterprise and 
purpose of the church, through the delegated au- 
thority of Annual Meeting, and, also, of the degree 
of prosperity enjoyed in the church at large. The 
accounts of foreign travel by our brethren are very 
entertaining to persons who have never been out- 
side of the United States. Each number of the 
paper also contains several good essays, designed 
to make plain the path of duty, or to cheer and 
strengthen those who may have grown weary by 
the way. The Editorial Miscellany is good, of- 
ten giving intelligence not obtained anywhere else, 
and then the obituaries tell us of the depart- 
ure of loved ones who resided in a distant State. 
With it all is the thought that the Messenger is a 
connecting link between separated members of the 
same family. Although we may not be personally 
acquainted, we are united in hope, in aim, in pur- 
pose. Items read in the Messenger, bringing sor- 
row to us, have the same effect on others, though 
long distances separate us. We offer the sugges- 
tion that every evangelist and traveling preacher 
while holding series of meetings throughout the 
Brotherhood, exert himself to put the Gospel 
Messenger into as many new families as possible, 
thus making a missionary out of the paper. Give 
it all the prominence possible, in the church and 
out. Especial efforts should .be made among the 
members, for those who do not take it miss much. 

Dego, Ind. _ 


never made to work. But hands that will not 
work, sometimes will take what others work to 
earn; and the Jews have a proverb that a man who 
brings up his son without a trade, brings him up 
to be a thief. 

Paul the apostle, is believed to have been a very 
fair specimen of a Christian worker, but he made 
tents for a living, and as nearly as we can judge, 
wrote and preached as effectively as any of those 
Christian workers who deem honest labor beneath 
their notice and dignity. At midnight in the Phil- 
ippian jail Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises, 
and the prisoners heard them; but when tossed by 
Euroclydon in the Adriatic, Paul was on deck at- 
tending to business; and when they got ashore, in- 
stead of wrapping himself up in pious dignity, and 
sitting around lor others to wait upon him, he was 
the man who was picking up sticks to build a fire, 
and shaking off snakes when they fastened them- 
selves upon him. 

Christian work consists quite as much in feeding 
the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, 
and helping the distressed, as it does in singing 
psalms and solos, living in idle sanctity at the ex- 
pense of weary workers who eat their bread in the 
sweat of their faces, and begging bread for the 
poor and feeding it to the lazy. 

When a storm came down upon the Highland 
loch, and the little boat in which sat burley Nor- 
man McLeod and another little slender minister, 
was in danger of being upset, it was proposed that 
they pray. " Nay, nay," said the old Scotch boat- 
man, " let the little ane pray, but the big ant- maun 
tak' an oar." And there has been many a " Chris- 
tian worker," half dead with dyspepsia from drink- 
ing strong tea and eating roast chickens, who 
would serve his generation quite as well by earn- 
ing his own living, and still be able to do all the 
Christian work which God calls him to perform. 
Of course, those that preach the Gospel should 
live of the Gospel; but they should make a busi- 
ness of it; and if a man is too lazy to work and 
earn his own bread, it is very doubtful whether he 
is likely to be called into the Lord's vineyard at 
all. The Lord's call is to busy men, like Peter and 
John with their fishing nets, Matthew at the re- 
ceipt of custom, David keeping his father's sheep, 
Gideon threshing wheat, Moses tending Jethro's 
flocks in the desert of Midian, or Elisha plowing 
with twelve yoke of oxen, and he with the twelfth; 
—these are the kind of men that the Lord calls to 
his work; but men who spend their time in idle- 
ness, in loafing, in drinking and hanging round 
saloons, and who take up Christian wo-k as a soft 
job when they find it is easier, and pays better, 
than serving the devil, these are the Christian 
workers that make work for other people, and ac- 
complish very little themselves— H. L. Hastings. 

There are some people v 
about Christian work. Mr, 
work" might be described as ' 
still," while others work for then 
workers are most comfortable v 
the work that others have done, 
on other men's foundations, and i 
they bestowed no labor. If they 
ing at night, and lounge 
and be well paid for th 

of their "Christian 
" Christian sitting- 
;m. Some of these 
when they live on 
e, when they build 
ip that whereon 
in go to a meet- 
it through the day, 
labor, they think they 

are fulfilling their destiny as " Christian workers." 
Such people sometimes say that their hands were 


Some fourteen years ago, in Canada, there was a 
young lady whose custom it was to spend her win- 
ter nights at balls. She had gone one night to a 
ball six or seven miles from home, and her parents 
did not expect her to return that night. When the 
ball was over, she took it into her head to go home 
unaccompanied. They tried to dissuade her, but 
it was no use, and, to make matters worse, there 
was an awful snowstorm. The next morning, when 
her mother looked out of the window, she fancied 
she saw an object upon the snow some distance 
from the garden gate. She rang the bell, sum- 
moned up the servant, and said, "I think some 
poor traveler has missed his track during the 
night, and if he stays there he will succumb to the 
intense cold." They went out and brought the ob- 
ject in, when the mother found it was the lifeless 
body of her darling child. The snow around 
showed had been a struggle, and she had got 
within one hundred and fifty yards of her home, 
and there pt rished. How many there are who get 
within sight of the home of Christ's kingdom, and 
yet some sinful indulgence keeps them back! "Al- 
most, yet lost!" — Christian Herald. 



January 25, 1896. 

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Mount Morris, III., January 25, 1806. 

We are requested to announce a feast at the 
Monitor church, May 16, but no State is men- 

The District Meeting for the Second District of 
Virginia will be held at the Mount Zion church, 
Page county, April 16 and 17. 

Bro. Fercken reports two more baptized in 
Smyrna. Including himself and wife, this makes a 
membership of eight in that ancient city. 

Bro. Michael Florv writes us that the meetings 
in the Astoria church, 111., are still growing in inter- 
est. Four have been baptized and other applicants 
await baptism. 

Bro. J. H. Miller writes that more ministerial 
help in the Bremen church, Marshall county, Ind., 
would be very much appreciated, lie held some 
meetings there in December, and baptized one. 

Bro. W. B. Stover, under date of Dec. 18, writes 
us that he is again at his post in Bulsar, India, feeling 
happy and hopeful. His restoration to health is 
encouraging news to the friends of missionary work. 

The Bible school that was to have been held in 
the Pittsburg house, Ludlow church, Ohio, last 
November, and postponed, will begin on the even- 
ing of Feb. S. We are requested to ssy that all are 

Bro. P. D. Fahrney, Frederick, Md., reports in- 
teresting meetings at that place and three acces- 
sions. The meetings were commenced by Bro. Eli 
Yourtee, who preached one week, and are contin- 
ued by the home ministers. 

We regret that in making up the list of minister 
for our Almanac, for 1S96, the name of Bro. Danii 
S. Brallier, Altoona, Pa., was omitted, owing to on 
being misinformed. We will endeavor to make th 
correction in the next Almanac we bring out. 

SoMETtME ago mention was made of the need 
of a minister at Cartersville, Va. Bro. Wm. Mal- 
lory writes that they are still without a preach- 
er, and that one would be greatly appreciated in 
that part of the East. He says theirs is a good- 
ly land and the climate is inviting. 

Bro. John Wolfe, of Liberty, Illinois, though 
nearly ninety years old, still enjoys life and writes 
us a real interesting letter occasionally. In a com- 
munication just received, he tells us of his good 
health, how he enjoyed the Annual Meeting and of 
his interest in the Master's work. We hope to re- 
ceive many more annual letters from him. 

Bro. Enoch Eby, accompanied by his wife, is 
spending most of his time traveling and preaching 
this winter. He is now visiting a number of points 
in Eastern Kansas. He is to be in the Mount by 
Feb. 10. 

Bro. L. W. Teeter closed his work here last 
Sunday evening and started to Huntingdon, Pa., 
the next day, expecting to be there one week or 
more. While here he did some excellent service 
in the way of outlining the doctrinal features of the 
New Testament. 

Bro. Andrew Hutchison, who, for the present, 
may be addressed at Covina, Cal., was sixty years 
old Jan. 15. He is preaching daily, expects to re- 
turn to his home at McPherson, Kans.. by May I, 
and spend the summer holding meetings in various 
parts of the North. 

Bro. I. Bennett Trout is with us this week, giv- 
ing evening lessons on Secret Orders that will prove 
helpful to the young especially, and may be the 
means of keeping scores of them out of the secret 
orders. His manner of treating the subject is 
pointed, logical and convincing. 

By the time this reaches our readers, brother and 
sister Miller will probably be on the island of Cey- 
lon, directly under the equator, and to the south of 
India. This island is named, in hymn 265 of the 
Brethren's Hymn Book. For the next few weeks 
Bro. Miller may be addressed at Yokohomo, Japan. 
At the lower left corner of the envelope write, Paste 
Rcstante. He is wonderfully pleased with India, and 
says that if he were a young man he would spend 
the remainder of his life there, working for the salva- 
tion of the people in that genial clime. 

One of our brethren writes, and urges the neces- 
sity of caution against the baptizing of innocent 
children, saying that some, who do not fully under- 
stand our position regarding adult baptism, really 
;o accuse us of administering the rite to innocent 
hildren. We need not pause to consider the term 
innocent, but when children know enough, and are 
old enough to personally and intelligently apply 
for baptism and membership in the church, they 
have reached the age of responsibility, in a measure, 
at least, and are entitled to due consideration upon 
the part of those who are older. And while proper 
caution is to be recommended, care should also be 
taken that we do not place an obstacle in the way of 
very young applicants that may be the means of 
keeping them away from Christ the rest of their 

s. We would rather urge that more attention 
be given to instructing them aright before baptiz- 
ng them, and when they come into the church 
they should be wisely fed upon the sincere milk of 
the Word and receive such other help as will enable 

n to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the 


Last week in Bombay I met a young Baptist 

inister who had been in India a year, working in 

Baptist mission at an up-country station, fifty 

lilcs from the railway. He told me he came out 

at his own expense and was paying his own way. 

He seemed to enjoy -the work very much and felt 

that God was blessing him. Living in India is very 

cheap and may easily be brought within the range 

of two hundred to two hundred and fifty dollars, 

for one person. 

Thinking of this young man I said, Why not ask 
for volunteers of this kind in our own work? Are 
there not among us yonng brethren and sisters who 
have an income that would justify them in doing 
this thing? Are there not some to whom God has 
given this world's goods that would be willing to 
come to India and help in the good work here? 
Why not come? It is the Lord's work, and the 
Lord's blessing will surely follow. The time is 
here when volunteers are needed. Who will say on 
these terms, " Lord, here am I, send me" ? 

We also ought to have several young brethren in 
Smyrna with Bro. Fercken, studying the Turkish 
and getting ready to take up the work at Philadel- 
phia and other points in Asia Minor. The cost of 
living in Smyrna is much higher than in India, say 
nearly double; hence a larger income would be 
necessary. There is, as I pointed out in " Seven 
Churches of Asia," an open door for primitive 
Christianity in Asia Minor. See what abundant 
proof God has already given of his acceptance of 
Bro. Fercken's ministry in Smyrna! And then, my 
young brethren, you to whom God has entrusted 
much of this world's goods, ask yourself the ques- 
tion, Why not go into this fruitful field as a volun- 
teer for the work of the Lord? 

Fathers and mothers with abundant store, has 
God given you a son who is anxious to enter either 
of these fields of labor? Why not dedicate him to 
the Lord as Hannah did Samuel, and supplying him 
with a support, send him to labor in these vine- 
yards? He may never become rich in gold and sil- 
ver but what a crown of incalculable glory will be 
won in leading these waiting souls to Christ! 

And substitutes will be welcomed. Here is a 
young man faithful in all his ways and he is willing 
to go. There is a brother who cannot go, but he 
has an abundance of money. Brother, why not 
send a substitute? Why not furnish the sinews of 
war? Why not have a substitute working among 
these three hundred million heathen? 

Who will volunteer ? The blood-stained banner 
for King Emmanuel has been unfurled in India and 
Asia Minor. Souls are coming to Christ. The call 
comes for help. Who will come and join the 
march to victory? Brother, sister, have you. the 
means? Then why not come or send? Oh why 
not? I hear a brother and sister say, We will send. 
Who comes next? d. l. m. 


Letters from several of our readers indicate 
that there has been more or less dissatisfaction 
among some of our patrons on account of the 
North Dakota land advertisements. It is claimed 
by a few, who have written us, that the advantages 
f the country are overdrawn and even misrepre- 
sented, and that the tendency of such flaming ad- 
vertisements is to make our people restless. It is. 
also feared that many of the poor, who procure 
homes on these lands, may soon come to want and 
have to call for help, and that this thing of sending 
help year after year, to people who locate where 
nothing can be raised, is becoming monotonous. 

In reply to these complaints we wish to state, by 
way of explanation, that we have some space, lim- 
ited to the two last pages, that we sell to advertis- 
ers whom we have good reasons to believe are do- 
ing an honorable business, and whenever evidence 
is furnished us, showing that any of the men or 
firms, advertising in the Messenger, are doing an 
unjust or dishonorable business, we shall at once 
take their " ads" out of the paper, for no amount of 
money can purchase space in the Messenger for 
men not doing a square and upright business. So 
far no evidence has been furnished us showing that 
the North Dakota people are dealing unjustly, or 
taking the advantage of our patrons, or telling a 
known or even an apparent untruth about the part 
of the country they advertise. But should we learn 
that they are doing so we will unceremoniously re- 
move their advertisements from our columns. We 
have been at some pains to look into their work- 
ings and claims, and so far have no reason to 
doubt their honesty. 

Now we have a little advice to give our readers 
concerning land advertisements in the Messenger 
or any other journal. The object of these adver- 
tisements is to call attention to lands that may be 

misfortune but 

January 25, 18 

. had by those desiring to purchase or otherwise pro 
, cure these lands. Such advertisements usually set 
forth the advantages of the country in the very best 
light, and people ought to have judgment enough 
to look into the merits of the claims before pur- 
■ chasing. No man ought to think of purchasing 
land, or moving to a new place, without first in- 
specting it for himself, or have some reliabh 
son do so for him, then, in case of ; 
he can have no one to blame for h 

And now, once for all, we advise those who have 
good homes to be very slow about parting witli 
them unless they know that they can do better 
spiritually as well as temporally. For the want of 
a little prudence along this line, many well-to-do 
members — and some of them preachers — have bee 
ruined. There are yet many unsettled localiti 
where good homes may be had both in the north 
and south, east and west, but it is not good for peo- 
ple, who have homes of their own, to become over- 
restless on account of a few land advertisements. 

And, we again repeat, that we will not, knowing- 
ly, permit a man or firm, not doing a strictly honora- 
ble and just business, to advertise in the Messenger 
And should our advertisers treat any of our patrons 
unjustly we want to be advised of it without delay, 


Number Four. 


Five weeks spent in the Holy City, and we turn 
our faces eastward and homeward. These were 
weeks full of interest, and it is to be hoped no't 
without profit, to the writer. Much of the time 
was spent in walks about Jerusalem and in mak 
short tours to places of Biblical interest in 
neighborhood of the city. With the Bible a 
guide book, and with the knowledge gained 
previous visits, we went about from place to pi 
without a dragoman. In this way the time passed 
quickly, and not a single day dragged heavily on 
our hands. We saw much and learned much, and 
were glad for the opportunity to gain a better and 
more intimate personal knowledge of the city of 
the Great King and its close relation to the old, old 
Bible story. 

While the time passed quickly and pleasantly 
there was also some anxiety connected with our so- 
journ in Palestine. The cholera broke out in 
Egypt, and at one time it was reported that it also 
prevailed at Damascus. This rumor, however, 
proved, much to our relief, without foundation. 
But the political situation gave us the most con- 
cern. Rumors of war were rife, and during the 
last week of our stay, the Turkish authorities sup- 
pressed all newspapers. These were burned at Jaf- 
fa, by the post-office officials, and we were left 
without news from the outside world. Scarcely a 
day passed toward the last that did not witness the 
arrival of recruits for the army. These passed 
through the streets singing war songs, the burden 
of which, we were informed, at some places at least, 
was, " Long live the sultan and death to Christian 
heretics." Under these circumstances we were not 
sorry to get away from Palestine. We learned aft- 
erwards that the evening before we left, the mission 
at Shechem was attacked by Mohammedans, and 
some of those connected with the work were se- 
verely wounded. 

Before dismissing the Holy City from our glean- 
ings we call attention to one or two points among 
the many that were of special interest to us. 

Many persons who visit Jerusalem are seriously 
disappointed. Instead of the beautiful city pict- 
ured in their imaginations, assisted no doubt by the 
writings of some of the poetical dreamers and word 
painters who visit Palestine from time to time, 
they find houses without architectural beauty, I 


streets poorly paved, narrow and dirty, desolation 

on all sidi 


i've poverty that can be felt, filth 

and dirt everywhere, with tradesmen whose sole liv- 
ing depends upon the money they can get out of 
travelers, and this often without regard to adequate 
return. Add to all this the barren, desolate hills 
around the city, which at this season are without a 
spear of grass, and the picture of desolation is 
quite complete, and it is no wonder that the travel- 
er is not favorably impressed. But to us all these 
things are full of interest because they are the ful- 
fillment of prophecy, and bear testimony t 
to the truth of the Bible, keeping in mind the filthy 
streets and the poverty and desolation of the city. 
Read these words spoken by God's prophets twen- 
ty-five hundred years ago, " How doth the city sil 
solitary that was full of people, how is she become 
as a widow. . . The ways of Zion do mourn, her 
gates are desolate. . . All her beauty is departed 
. . All that honored her despised her. . . Her filth- 
iness is in her skirts. . . Zion spreadcth forth h. 
hands and there is none to comfort her." And 
those bitter, sad words, uttered by the greatest of 
all the prophets, " Behold your house is left ui 
you desolate." If the prophets lived to-day a 
were to describe Jerusalem, they could not write 
more expressive language than they used so many 
centuries ago. Their words became history, for 
history is prophecy fulfilled. 

One of our company expressed his feelings about 
Jerusalem in this way: "Take out of the city a fc 
of the families who live there and I should say it is 
the meanest city I have ever seen." 
statement is in harmony with the predictions of the 
prophets. " All her beauty is departed 
that honored her despised her." Despised an 
spoken against as she is, sitting in solitude 

:n Jerusale 
days of h 
, is the glad 

are to 



weeping, yet the day will c 
shall rejoice as a regal queen, 
desolation have been foretold 
day of her restoration proclaii 

We were much interested in the work of excavat 
ing the ancient walls, now being carried on by Dr 
Bliss, for the Palestine Exploration Fund. We vis 
ited the excavations a number of times, climbing 
down shafts and exploring dark tunnels. At some 
future time a synopsis of the work done may be 
given. Here space is only taken for one discovery. 
At one point an ancient gate was discovered, and 
excavating about it, it was found that it occupied 
the site of not only one but of two earlier gates 
These three gates, one built above the othi 
be seen very plainly. The first thrown do 
into the ground" as it were, and then a sea 
above the first and so also the third. We s 
all this very carefully and saw the sockets 
the gates swung. The m©st striking fact about it 
that the prophet Jeremiah, speaking of the desola- 
tion of Jerusalem, uses this language: "The Lord 
hath proposed to destroy the wall of the daughter 
of Zion. . . Her gates are sunk in the ground ; he hath 
destroyed and broken her bars." The sunken gates 
of the wall of Zion bear testimony in these last 
days to the truth of the Book of God. 

We left Jerusalem Oct. II, to go down into 
Egypt. From the Holy City to Jaffa we jour 
by rail, and thence by steamer to Port Said 
igh the long summer di 
broken two weeks befor 
sarly rain, the mountai 
were still barren. A few 
il be covered with verdure 
11 bloom by the wayside. At Jaffa 
e novelty of a smooth, calm sea when we em- 
barked, something so unusual in our experience 
that we make a note of it. The voyage on the 
Vorwtsrts was delightfully pleasant. In the even- 
as the shades of night came down upon the 
: of Judea and the plains of Sharon, shutting off 
Holy Land from our sight, we sailed away from 


uth of seven months 
by a grateful fall of 
, valleys, and plains 
onths later and they 
and beautiful flowers 

Jaffa, and early next morning cast anchor at Port 
Said and were again in the Land of the Pharaohs. 

Since the writer visited Egypt in 1891-2, in com- 
pany with Bro. Lahman, a railway has been con- 
structed on the right bank of the Suez Canal to Is- 
mailia, so that the former port is now connected 
with Cairo by rail. A fresh, water canal has also 
been completed and Port Said now has a plentiful 
supply of Nile water. Such is the fertilizing power 
of the water of the river of Egypt that it rapidly 
turns the desert into a garden, and the city can 
now boast of beautiful gardens and umbrageous 
groves of palm, accacia, and pepper trees, 

We spent fourteen days at Cairo, very pleasant- 
ly, indeed. We visited places of general interest, 
especially the great pyramids. These lose none of 
their interest, but remain as they have for so many 
centuries,— monuments of the skill of a people 
long since passed into oblivion. Then came the 
time for parting. Our little company was to be 
broken. Our brethren with whom we had jour- 
neyed in three continents for six months were to 
turn their faces homeward while we were to go on 
to India. The parting of friends is always trying, 
but this separation was specially trying to us. 
Had we followed our natural inclinations and our 
strong feelings and desires we would have gone 
home with them. But we thought of duty, of the 
little band of missionaries, in one sense, our dear 
spiritual children, in far-away India. We thought 
of Bro. Stover, lying sick in the hospital at Bom- 
bay, and of the anxious hearts of the dear wife and 
sister as they, between hope and fear, watched, wait- 
ed, and prayed for a favorable turn in the disease 
that was slowly wasting our brother away. And 
we felt it but our reasonable duty to go on. 

On the morning of Nov. 27 our little company 
met in our room at the Khedival Hotel in Cairo. 
Bro. Myers read the ninety-first Psalm, and then we 
all knelt down, and in prayer commended ourselves 
and each other to the keeping power of God. It 
was a sacred, solemn season, and while the tears 
would flow, we rose from our knees comforted; and 
made stronger for what was pointed out as the path 
of duty. Then the farewells were said, and we part- 
ed, possibly to meet no more in this world. 

From Cairo we crossed over the land of Goshen, 
passing through the cholera-infected city of Zaga- 
zig. On our way, however, only a few cases had 
occurred, and in the afternoon reached Ismailia. 
The evening of the next day we were taken on 
board the Peninsular and Oriental steamer, Cale- 
donia, and an hour later were en route for Bombay. 


5. We 
a very 

Since our return we have been so busy, and home 
life has been so pleasant, that we have given but 
little thought to things that have been outside of 
our regular work and duties. 

First, we extend to our many friend 
for congratulations on our safe arrival 
are glad to say to all, that our trip 
pleasant one throughout, and we hope that it was 
as profitable as pleasant. On starting we commit- 
ted our self, with all we had, and all that was near 
and dear to us, into the Lord's directing, and that 
he did now and then better for us than we deserved 
we very humbly acknowledge. 

Never before did we feel so fully dependent up- 
on the Lord and his providences, and never before 
we feel so truly that he careth for those who 
put their trust in him. In all the apparent dangers 
that seemed to loom up before us, we did not ex- 
perience seriously the feeling that we call fear. It 
precious thing to trust fully in the Lord. The 
last thing in the evening commit your all to his 
care. The first thing in the morning, praise him 
for mercies shown. Thus days come and go and 
each one is a day under the Father's guiding h' 


the aosPBL :m::ess:e:n"o-:ej:r,- 

-so it is now. 0, my soul, bless the 

So it has been, 

Lord for all his benefits. 

On our arrival we found our family, our friends, 
and our church membership well, and some born in- 
to the new life during our absence, and the hand of 
death was stayed. There is no more precious 
thought when .away from loved ones,— away from 
home, among strangers, and isolated from church 
privileges, than to feel that you are being prayed 
for. This feeling we enjoyed, and we were satis- 

We saw much wretchedness, poverty and misery 
during our trip,— and we were made to think of the 
church's poor ones, and we were made glad to be- 
lieve that the Lord put it into the hearts of his chil- 
dren to care for them in establishing homes where 
they can be comfortably attended to, surrounded 
by proper church privileges and Christian influen- 
ces. At a late meeting of the Trustees of our own 
District Home, our feelings were somewhat stirred 
up at the lack of interest of some of our churches 
in contributing towards its support. Some of the 
churches are doing more than their share, while 
others are holding back. We hope for better 
things in the near future. There is no use of 
preaching about keeping the commandments and 
then refuse to comply with the greatest,— that of 

A few days ago we received a draft of one hun- 
dred dollars, from a " brother and sister," who de- 
sired it to be distributed as follows: S25 for the In- 
dia Mission; S25 for Asia Minor; Si 5 for Norway 
and Sweden; S10 for the Chicago work; S10 Gospel 
Messenger for the poor; Sio for the Armenian suf- 
ferers, and S5 for the Missionary Visitor. This has all 
been distributed according to the wishes of the do- 
nors, and we hope that they may realize the precious- 
ness of the promise, It is more blessed to give than 
to receive. There would be many more people re- 
ligiously happy were they to trust the Lord with a 
little of that which he has entrusted to them. 
Many of us don't receive from the Lord because 
we don't trust him. Is it any wonder? The Lord 
trusts us a thousand times more than we do him. 

We are sorry to learn that Eld. J. F. Oiler is not 
enjoying his usual health. He expected and hoped 
to be with us during the Bible Term, and we hope 
that his expectations will be realized, as we. would 
greatly miss him and his kindly words of cheer and 


encouragement were he not t 


Just now we received the 

following, from sister 

Minnie E. Howe: 

Dear Brother : 

utland, Pa., Jan, 14/96. 

Father died this morning al 
10 A.M., Thursday, Jan. 16. 

3: 15. Funeral services at 

O, how sadly comes this 

news! We learned of 

his illness and had been an* 

anging to go and see 

As Ii 


it on the porch in the sunshine, 
ent down in the street — 
A woman whose hair was silver. 

But whose face was blossom white, 
Making me think of a garden 

Where in spile of the frost and snow 
Of bleak November weather, 

Late, fragrant lilies blow. 
I heard a footstep behind me. 

And the sound of a merry laugh, 
And I knew the heart it came from 

Would be like a comforting staff 
In the hour of time and trouble, 

Hopeful and brave and strong, 
One of the hearts to lean on 

When we think al! things are wrong. 
I turned at the click of the gate-latch, 

And met his manly look; 
A face like his gives me pleasure, 

Like the page of a pleasant book. 
It told of a steadfast purpose, 

Of a brave and daring will; 
A face with promise in it, 

That, God grant, the years fulfill. 
He went up the pathway singing, 

I saw the woman's eyes 
Grow bright with a wordless welcome, 

As the sunshine warms the skies. 
" Back again, sweetheart mother," 

He cried, and bent to kiss 
The loving face uplifted 

For what some mothers miss. 
The boy will do to depend on; 

I hold that this is true — 
From lads in love with their mothers 

Our bravest heroes grew. 
Earth's grandest hearts have been loving hearts, 

Since time and earth began; 
And the boy who kisses his mother, 

Is every inch a man. 

— Phrenological Journal. 



many years, ihen, one sa 
" Cast out this bond-woma 
carrying a bottle of water 

him, little thinking that the end was so near. 

Eld. Wm. Howe was one among our most zealous 
and active workers in the District. Though his fi- 
delity to the church and her work was unques- 
tioned, yet he was as tender and loving as a child. 
Truly a strong man in Israel has fallen, and his 
faithful counsel will be greatly missed, but we have 
this assurance; what will be our loss will be his 
gain. He has kept the faith, fought the good fight, 
gone home to his reward. " Precious in the eyes 
of the Lord is the death of the righteous." The 
thought just now comes to us, What a glorious 
meeting there must be " over there! " 

We think of our dear departed ones from here, — 
Zook, Eld. Quinter. Then Eld. R. H. Miller, Eld. 
J. W. Brumbaugh. And now Eld. Howe has gone 
over. And these are only a few of the large num- 
ber of the workers for Christ who have gone home. 
Will it not be a glad meeting and a good place to 
be and be forever? Thank God for the hope that 
reaches beyond the shores of time, even where God 
and Christ is forevcrmore. h. b. b 

She was only a young Egyptian mother, with 
dark, velvety eyes and hair black as midnight. 
A lithe, graceful creature, beloved by master and 
mistress; though sometimes her impulsive nature 
would cause trouble, and irritate her mistress 
Sarah. But she dwelt in the tent of Abraham 
g, Sarah said, 
I her son." So, 
some bread, she 
left the tent forever. Just at first the full red 
lips may have pouted sullenly as she walked 
proudly away. She thought of her home and 
kindred in Egypt, the land of olives and figs, 
where, in temples of beauty, surrounded by palms 
and lotus-flowers, they offered sacrifices to many 
gods. She resolved to return, but she lost her 
way on the arid plains of. Beer-Sheba. With never 
a guide she wandered over the trackless sands, 
blinded by the pitiless sun, overcome by the wild, 
maddening thirst of the desert, for the bottle of 
water was empty, and, — Ishmael, her son, was dying 
of thirst. 

Hagar laid him under a stunted shrub, unable 
to witness his dying agonies. She withdrew a bow- 
shot, and her sobs and cries brought an angel 
from heaven, who showed her a well of water. 
She saw the approaching shadow of the angel of 
death, and here was a blessing from the angel of 
life. O, we sometimes, yea often, grow rebellious. 
Then we step out of the narrow way, and soon 
we find ourselves in the wilderness. We step forth 
boldly and courageously at first, because we have 
a sufficiency of God's blessings with us, but, after 
a time, when trouble and temptation and trial 
have spent their forces upon us, then we sink 
down upon the sands in our weakness and help- 
lessness and God sends his angel of deliverance. 
Some people seem always to walk through green 
pastures and beside still waters. God commanded 
the children of Israel to walk the wilderness way. 
Shall we make our desert solitudes vocal with 
murmurings as they did? The harsh words of 

January 25, 1896, 

Sarah had driven Hagar into the wilderness once 
before. Then God had comforted her with a 
promise, that out of her seed he would make a 
great nation. In view of this, is not the angel's 
question strangely significant? He saw the empty 
water-bottle, the perishing boy; he heard the ag- 
onized lamentations from the mother-heart, and 
yet he said, "What aileth thee, Hagar?" as if 
eant to say, Has not God made his covenant 
preserve thy seed? Therefore Ishmael must live. 
The promise was literally fulfilled. Hagar and 
Ishmael found a new home in the wilderness of 
Paran; new ties were formed, Ishmael married 
an Egyptian woman, and twelve sons were born 
unto them. One daughter, Mahalath, married 
Esau. So the descendants of Ishmael inhabited 
the country from the Persian gulf to the border 
of Egypt. It was a nation so strong that it stood 
for thousands of years against all the armies of 
the world. Egypt and Assyria could not conquer 
it. Gaulus and his army were conquered by it. 
For a long while the learning of the world was 
monopolized by this Arabic nation. They have 
embraced the religion of Mohammed. They say 
Hagar was Abraham's lawful wife, — their " Mother 
Hagar" to this day. They claim that Ishmael, 
as the eldest son, inherited Arabia, a far richer 
inheritance than Canaan, which was given to the 
younger son, Isaac. 

" Over the sea-like, pathless, limitless waste of 
the desert " we wander in pain and uncertainty, 
until we find the Angel beside us, and the well 
of joy just before us. A young girl who has known 
only gladness and love all her life, leaves home 
for the man she loves, and he takes her hand and 
leads her out into the desert, by the way of dissi- 
pation, neglect and abuse. 

" " I labored on, alone. The wind and dust 

And sun of the world beat blistering in my face." 

This is the experience of those who labor for 
some great success; but you may toil, plan and 
hope as other men do, and at last, weary and 
discouraged, you are forced to conclude that you 
have made a failure of your life-work, and the des- 
olation of the desert overpowers you. You pray 
to God for help, and his love is sufficient; we are 
sure that somewhere men's efforts are rewarded 
instead of their attainments. 

I asked for strength: for with the noontide heat 
I fainted, while the reapers, singing sweet, 
Went forward with ripe sheaves I could not bear. 
Then came the Master, with his blood-stained feet, 
And lifted me with sympathetic care. 
Then on his arm I leaned till all was done; 
And I stood with the rest at set of sun, 
My task complete. 

You cannot realize it, while the hot sands of the 
desert are whirling about you, and your burdened 1 
heart is praying and waiting for the Lord, but it 
is true that the wofrk of your life will await you 
after your deliverance. It is true that your soul 
needs to be tried and that, when you leave the 
wilderness, with an enduring faith, a love that 
sheds its rays of light upon all, men will see that 
you have. been with the angel of God, and they 
will come to you for hope, for help, for love, 
because God has designed you for a " chosen ves- 

Covington, Ohit 




py rest, 

of that beautiful home as a place of hap- 
hen life with its labors is over; a place 
where the spirits of all that are just are made per- 
fect; where our loved ones have gone and where 
we, too, are so swiftly moving. Its walls are all 
of jasper and its streets are of the purest gold. 
The river of eternal life is there, upon the banks 
of which are found all those who have been ac- 
cepted by God, who have heard that summons, " It 
is enough; come up higher." 

On that beautiful shore we can see the beautiful 
rainbow that encircles the throne of God. We can 
sing the song of redeeming love, and sit by the 

January 25, 1896. 


fountain of eternal life. What must it mean to 
the Christian to be there with Jesus, who hath 
wrought this great plan of redemption for us' It 
is a city which hath foundations; whose builder 
and maker is God. It is a city not built with 
hands, eternal in the heavens, nor is it hoary with 
years of time. We are steadily moving onward 
and, it is to be hoped, upward. Then it is needful 
that each day of our lives be consecrated anew un- 
to the Lord, that we give ourselves to him and 
« present our bodies a living sacrifice holy, accepta- 
ble unto him, which is our reasonable service." 

While we often have trials and temptations in 
this life, our love to God and all on earth fills 
our souls with divine life. Our aching bodies and 
broken hearts may mourn loved ones torn from 
our embrace,— but we cannot have them always 
with us. How beautiful we can make our eternal 
life if we live a devoted life to God. God claims 
from all his children a loving and willing obedience 
to his will in all things. Our Father has prepared 
many mansions for those who love him, yet tongue 
cannot express the blessed peace which the Chris- 
tian possesses, nor has his eye seen the beautiful 
home God has prepared. 




C^-Church News solicited lor this Department. If you have had a good 
meeting, send a report ol it, so that others may rejoice with yau. In writing, 
give name of church, county and state. Be brief. Notes of Travel should be 
as brief as possible. Land or other advertisements are not solicited for this 
department. Onr advertising columns afford ample room (or that purpose. 

This meeting was held in the Okaw congrega- 
tion, Dec. 26 and 27, 1805. After devotional exer- 
cises the meeting was organized by electing Bro. A. 
J. Nickey, Moderator; A. L. Bingaman, Clerk; and 
S. S. Miller, Treasurer. 

Following are some of the thoughts advanced on 
the several topics: 

1. " How to Make our Ministry more Mutual among the 

Ministers of local churches should help one an- 
other by visiting. The church is one body, and the 
work of the ministry is one work. It is the most 
important work on earth. Ministers should be well 
acquainted with each other and love one another, 
and in this way their interest will become more 
mutual. Ministers in local churches should work 
together in harmony, and should solicit each other's 

2. " In What Kinds of Church Work Ought our Sisters En- 
gage, and to what Extent should we Encourage them? " 

They should engage in any work for which they 
are fitted. If a sister has the gift of prophecy, she 
should be encouraged in that line. She ought to 
labor in Sunday school work and prayer-meeting. 
She ought to be encouraged on every hand to exer- 
cise in family worship. Acts 2; 17, 18, was referred 
to as having a strong bearing on this subject. 

3. " Preparation and Delivery of Sermons." 

We must look to God in prayer, must study the 
Bible, and store the mind with Gospel truth. 
While delivering his sermons a minister must not em- 
ploy so many Scriptural quotations as to render his 
discourse not edifying, nor should he make a very 
free use of notes. Illustrations, however, may be 
employed to a good advantage. As near as possi- 
ble the minister, while preaching, should forget all 
but God, the Bible, and his theme, and, by no 
means, use vain repetitions. 

4. "What are the Duties of Ministers in the Different De- 

The duty of the minister is to obey the impera- 
tive command, " go," and preach the Gospel. Acts 
6: 3, 4. The ministers in first and second degree 
should look to the older ones for help, and to ex- 
hort and preach to the best of their ability. The 
bishop should oversee the flock, preach the Word, 
and endeavor to attain to the qualifications set 
forth in 1 Tim. 3, 

5- " Origin and Purpose of Sisters' Prayer-covering. What 
Ought it be? When Should it be Worn? " 

This subject was discussed by sister Mattie Lear, 
and will appear in the Messenger in the course of 
a few weeks. 

6. "To What Extent should Ministers Engage in Social 
Meetings and Sunday School Work? " 

They should encourage and help start the work, 
but should not be asked to superintend Sunday 
schools, nor should they take up the time in social 
meetings to the extent of debarring others from 
speaking. They should not engage in either social 
meetings or Sunday school work in a way that 
will interfere with their ministerial work. Social 
meetings are more especially intended for the de- 
velopment and edification of the laity. 

7. "The Supreme Need of more Thorough and Systematic 
Bible Study among our Ministers." 

This is a time of criticism and doubt, and it is, 
therefore, very necessary that we become well ac- 
quainted with the Bible, in order to meet the oppo- 
sition. We must have a system in our work. It is 
the church's duty to give the minister aid financial- 
ly, so as to enable him to give time to the study 
of the Word. 

8. "The Difference between Preaching for the Sake of Souls 
and Preaching to lill Appointments." 

Pleaching for the sake of souls must be accom- 
panied by God's Spirit and the motive must be 
good. The minister must be impressed with the 
worth of souls. He must be filled with the Holy 

g. " How can we Best Maintain the Integrity and Gospel Pe- 
culiarities of the Church? " 

Let every member live as close to Christ as pos- 
sible, and individually see that we do not drift 
away with the world. We should respect decisions 
of Annual Meeting, be truthful, be honest, be vir- 
tuous. Officials should be an example to the flock 
in living out the peculiarities of the church. 

A collection was taken for the children's mission 
in Chicago, and $10.20 was contributed for that 
purpose. Thus ended another interesting and 
profitable ministerial meeting. A. L. Bingaman. 

Cerro Gordo, III. 

Sunday School Meeting. 

The Brethren's Sunday school meeting, of the 
District of Nebraska, was held in Holmesville, Dec. 
21, 1895, in accordance with steps taken by District 
Meeting, through the Board elected by said meet- 
ing. It opens up a new epoch of Sunday school 
work in this part of the West. We give below a 
tew of the many good thoughts presented by those 

1. "An Interesting Sunday School." 

To have an interesting Sunday school we must 
have (1) a consecrated Superintendent, wholly in- 
terested in the work before him, and this will so 
permeate each scholar that it will result in every 
one wanting to be there to fill his place and take 
part in the work. 

Much depends upon the preparation of the teach- 
er on the lesson, as to the interest that will be man- 
ifested. If he be not interested, he can not expect 
the scholar to be. We may count on an interesting 
Sunday school when we have the co-operation of 
church, parents, teachers, and scholars, and a great 
concern for each other's welfare hereafter. 

The Sunday school should always work in har- 
mony with the principles of the church. The 
teachers should be adapted to the scholars that 
they teach, and thereby have the interest of those 
that attend. It is very easy for people to go where 
they are interested. You want to get all to work 
together in heart, in feeling and in purpose, to 
build up the cause of Christ. 
2. " How to Increase Attendance." 

Teachers should not censure the scholars present 
for the absent ones, but manifest a special interest 
in each scholar and make them feel that he loves 
them and wants them to be present. He should 
urge not only his scholars, but also their associates, 

to attend. He should urge them to increase the 
iber in the class, and then have the work so in- 
teresting that none of them will want to be ab- 

Let the teacher be full of the Holy Spirit and be 
guided by it, and then he will be able to lead others 
to the Sunday school, and thereby increase the at- 

The teacher should visit those who seem to have 
a lack of interest, and make them feel that he has a 
deep concern for them. He should always be pres- 
ent in the class, and thereby show his interest in 
teaching God's Word. 

3. " Mission Sunday Schools." 

In locating mission Sunday schools first learn the 
moral and spiritual condition of the people, and let 
them know what you have come for, and then dem- 
onstrate it by your own life. Be sure to sow good 
seed, for now is the time of sowing. The harvest 
will come by and by. Ever keep in mind that we 
shall reap of the kind of seed we sow. Get all to 
be stockholders in this noble enterprise, that all 
may share in the dividends. 

The special object of mission Sunday schools is to 
reach those who are not reached by other Sunday 
schools, and to give special attention to this class 
in these schools. 

Inasmuch as all are more or less as their sur- 
roundings make them, and are influenced thereby, 
as goodness is a greater power than evil (because 
God is the Author of this element), all should feel 
a special interest in trying to organize mission Sun- 
day schools, to have the Gospel carried to all class- 

4. " Best Methods of Primary Work." 

The future depends largely upon the success of 
the present, and without consecration there can be 
no true success. Much depends upon mothers as to 
the success of this work. Above all others, the 
mother wants to take the lead. The teacher must 
be one that loves the work and is adapted to it. 

As there is no time so important in learning as 
in youth, the best methods should be used, The 
best method is that which Jesus gave. He first 
gave a perfect example and then his wonderful 
teaching made the work very impressive. If you 
lead the way, the child is almost sure to follow, but 
be sure it is the right way. As children like to be no- 
ticed, always have a good word for them, and don't 
place the food so high that they cannot reach it. As 
the first impressions are the most lasting, how im- 
portant that they be the best! The children should 
be made to feel that the teacher has a special inter- 
est in them, and thereby get their attention. 

5. "The Model Sunday School Teacher." 

We are creative beings and he that desires to be 
exemplary is one that does his best. No one can 
be a model without being a Christian. By inspira- 
tion the Word was given, by inspiration only it can 
be understood, and while teaching we are teaching 
for eternity in the lives of those around us. 
Prayer is much needed by the teacher, and all 
teaching is superficial that does not bring him or 
her on the knees. Show the human love, and the 
divine will be accepted. 

The model teacher will be personally prepared to 
teach to the edification of all present, and always be 
on time. He should be earnest in obtaining intel- 
lectual information, but never to the neglect of the 
spiritual lessons. 

6. " Blackboard Work." 

The remarks and work on this topic were very 
helpful and suggestive. 

7. " Best Helps, and How to Use Them." 

It is the glory of God to conceal, but the glory of 
kings to search out. Not a single note makes mu- 
sic but a harmony of notes. As to whether it is ex- 
pedient to use helps at all, it was said that God 
used helps; (1) men; (2) material. Why should 
not men use them? We would not employ a man 
to build a house who never built one, or a teacher 
who never taught. If God used men, why should 
not we use them to help in preparing to teach God's 



January 25, 1896. 

God used them in his way,— to meet the desired 
end. We can use them to the honor of God's name. 
What is it that we have not received? We breathe 
no thought but what we have received from others. 
It inspires us to read others' thoughts. God has di- 
vided his gifts to men. Some apostles, some 
prophets, teachers, etc. 

If I buy an ox and it is a good one, I recommend 
it because it is a good one. When you have a good 
help, use it. 

The Holy Spirit does reveal, but there are some 
things that it does not reveal, and we must get 
those things by helps. Among the best helps is 
the book that tells me what I don't know, and what 
I must know. The best help is God's Word,— the 
Bible. Use it! The best support is Jesus Christ. 
Use him! Use him, because all power is given un- 
to him in heaven and in earth. J. W. Gish. 

No Debate. 


Eld. G. W. Stambaugh came to us Dec. 30, and 
' preached till Jan. 5. The meetings were of great 
interest to all. The different denominations have 
been working up a feeling for a discussion with 
Bro. Stambaugh all summer. They arranged to get 
Eld. Harney, of Hampton, a minister of the Chris- 
tian church, as they had no man of their own that 
would meet him in debate. 

Eld. Harney is an able man, about sixty years of 
age. He studied for lawyer and also had been 
principal of high school. This was kept quiet un- 
til the meetings were nearly at a close, when Bro. 
Stambaugh received a challenge from Eld. Harney 
that he would much desire to hold a public discus- 

Bro. Stambaugh accepted the challenge. The 
debate was to commence Jan. 7, but on the evening 
of the fifth, Eld. Harney came to the meeting to 
hear Bro. Stambaugh preach, and to make arrange- 
ments for the debate. To our surprise he withdrew 
his challenge, and proposed to drop the matter. 

This was a surprise to all the crowded house. 
The desire is to hear more on the subject, which is 
promised in the near future. Bro. Stambaugh start- 
ed hbme on the seventh. Although there were no 
conversions, there are good prospects of an ingath- 
ering in the future. Jonas Saylor. 

Aurora, Nebr., Jan. o. 

Chips from the Workhouse. 

The difficulty of the present age is not that we 
are forgetting God, but that we fail properly to 
comprehend his relation to us. We readily admit 
that all things are governed by law, and then infer 
that therefore they cannot be governed by God, and 
thus our faith in a special, over-ruling Providence 
in the minutest trifles is sorely tried. Thanks be to 
God that recent discoveries of science come to our 
aid, showing that the God of science is an imman- 
ent God, that he is necessarily in every stone, tree, 
and flower, and, therefore, is just such a loving Fa- 
ther to all his creatures as the Bible declares him 
to be; instead of the external, arbitrary ruler that 
much of the past theology supposed him to be. 

Recent revelations of science show that he can- 
not be separate from any of his creation for a single 
instant. This view shows the most minute phe- 
nomenon divine. Every grain of sand on the sea- 
shore, as well as every particle of dust floating in 
the air has all the properties and qualities it pos- 
sesses, placed in it by the wisdom of God and for a 
specific purpose; neither can flee from his presence 
any more than you or I. It is true that God is a 
being of law. He lives in his laws. He controls 
the universe by his laws. Every planet is held in 
its orbit by the law of attraction, so nicely balanced 
that it cannot vary the hundredth part of a second 
in a thousand years. 

The power of gravitation is God himself, holding 
the planets in their course, as well as the attraction 
of cohesion is God himself, holding the stone or 
piece of iron in that particular way. Without this 
power of God in them, neither of them could exist 
for an instant. 

The same is true of every living thing that exists 
upon the earth. " In him we live, move, and have 
our being." Intelligent faith sees afar off. It says, 
"Though I cannot understand how an infinite God 
can regulate and overrule all things, yet I can see 
that an infinite plan must include all things, even 
the most minute particulars." 

It is a palpable absurdity to believe in a general 
Providence without also believing in a special 
Providence, including the most minute particulars 
of which the general is but the sum total, as every 
wheel and every cog in each wheel in a watch go to 
make the sum total of the hands showing correct 
time, the power to run it being furnished by the 
main spring and the spring having God in it and be- 
hind it. Indeed, there could be no spring without 
the attraction of cohesion to hold its particles to- 
gether, and there is no attraction of cohesion with- 
out God. As the watchmaker has a plan for every 
watch and a place for every wheel and every cog in 
each wheel, so God must have a plan for every life 
and for every incident in that life. All Christians 
profess to believe in general Providence, but is it 
not a fact that many of us doubt a particular or 
special Providence? 

When we once learn to outgrow this palpable ab- 
surdity, and to accept at full value such Bible 
truths as " All things work together for good to 
them that love God," " The very hairs of your head 
are all numbered," " Are not two sparrows sold for 
a farthing, and one of them shall not fall to the 
ground without your Father," etc., then much of 
the worry incident to this life will be at an end. 
Then, like the birds of the air, will we plan and 
work without worrying along the line of duty. 
" Whether we eat or drink or whatsoever we do, do 
all to the glory of God." 

The principal thought in every prayer will then 
be, " Not my will but thine be done." I conclude 
that the time will come when a full, practical belief 
in a special Providence will be the test of the true 
discipleship. We may as well admit once for all 
that God is within the universe, and in no one sense 
outside of it, and he must therefore necessarily be 
in everything in the universe, holding and overrul- 
ing all things for the ultimate good of his creatures. 
The time will come when the wicked sailor in the 
storm can no longer truthfully say of the Christian 
minister, " The preacher seems to be just as much 
afraid of going to heaven as we are of going to 
hell." Not only in time of danger but in the ordi- 
nary routine ot business life the world ought to be 
able to see evidence of the Christian's practical be- 
lief in the overruling Providence and care of a Lov- 
ing Heavenly Father. Daniel Vaniman. 

McP/iersott, Kam. 

Notes by the Way. 

I returned from Iowa Dec. 20, where I had la- 
bored for a month. The next evening Bro. J. H. 
Wright commenced preaching in the Donnel's 
Creek church, and continued till the evening of 
Jan. 11. The interest and attention seemed good 
during the entire meeting. Four precious souls 
were received during the meetings; others are still 
waiting. It is sad, indeed, that so many are so 
careless about the one thing needful. The church 
received many good lessons that will do us all good 
if we put them in practice. 

Bro. Wright also preached two. sermons 
Carlisle, and then left for other field 
Wright was also with him, which added 
the interest of the meeting. It was a pi 
have her with us. We expect a series of 
to commence in New Carlisle, Feb. 13. 
permitting, we go to Pleasant Hill, 111., 
days, to assist in a series of meetings. 

Henry Frantz. 

Forgy, Ohio, Jan. 14, 

From Hampton, Pa. 

Bro. Albert Hollinger arrived at the Hamp- 
ton meetinghouse in the Upper Conewago District, 
Dec, 28, and commenced a series of meetings, 



, a few 

which closed the evening of Jan. 15, preaching, in 
all, twenty-four able and instructive sermons. Ten 
precious souls came out on the Lord's side and 
entered the fold by baptism. One was reclaimed 
and four applicants are awaiting the bath of regen- 
eration. Truly, we have had a season of refresh- 
ing! A number more, laboring under deep convic- 
tion are seriously counting the cost. May God help 
them to yield and make an entire surrender of 
their wills to the Master's will! During these 
meetings Bro. Hollinger and brethren visited a 
number of families. This social feature was most 
enjoyable. Their time was spent to the edifica- 
tion of souls, and the honor and glory of God. 
We praise God for the deep and untiring interest 
manifested by our brethren, who seemed so fully 
to realize the importance of the great work our 
dear servant was engaged in. These meetings 
were well attended from the beginning and steadi- 
ly grew in interest, till the house became packed 
with much more than its seating capacity, and con- 
tinued so up to the close of the meeting. Dear 
brethren, let us not forget the dear servants who 
labor so earnestly for the salvation of souls! 

Sam. B. Miller. 
Jan. 16. ____^__ 

Death of Eld. David Bechtelheimer. 

Eld. David Bechtelheimer was born in Cler- 
mont County, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1821. His parents re- 
moved to Henry County, Ind., in April, 1827. He 
was married to Mary Stump, of Delaware County, 
Ind., July 1, 1841. Ten children were born to this 
union, six of whom, — three sons and three daugh- 
ters, — have passed over the river. Brother and sis- 
ter Bechtelheimer united with the German Baptist 
or Brethren church, Oct. 5, 1S42. He removed 
with his family to Kosciusko County, Ind., in 1843. 
He was chosen to the visit in January, 1849. June 
25, of the same year, he was chosen to the ministry. 
He was forwarded to the second degree of the min- 
istry in 1851, and in 1857 was ordained to the full 
ministry. He removed to Adams County, Nebras- 
ka, in 1881, where, on August 30, 1S91, his com- 
panion departed this life. He was united in mar- 
riage to sister Elizabeth Hoover, of Cass County, 
Ind., May 3, 1892. He removed to Indiana from 
Nebraska, to the Upper Deer Creek congregation, 
where he resided until his death, Jan. 9. 1896, at the 
age of seventy-four years, eleven months and two 
days. Funeral services by Eld. D. P. Shively, of 
Peru, Ind., from Rev. 14: 13. Artemas Smith. 

From the Sunny South. 

I notice an appeal in No. 2, current volume of 
Messenger, from St. Petersburg, Fla., for help, 
and feel sorry it cannot be responded to. At the 
last meeting of the Mission Board we were not 
able to fill the call as contemplated, which was 
much regretted, as well as a disappointment to the 
Brethren here and at Keuka. 

As a member of the Board, after my visit to 
Eastern Pennsylvania, I concluded to pay the Flor- 
ida Brethren a short visit, and offer some comfort. 
I have, accordingly, been preaching at Hawthorn, 
and also at Keuka, and hope next week to visit the 
few members on Indian River, at a distance of one 
hundred and fifty miles south. After a short stay 
at that point, I shall make my way north, to meet 
the Board in its next session, at Mt. Morris, 111., on 
the second Monday of February. 

The duties of the Board are becoming more and 
more responsible as the work of missions is extend- 
ing. -Brethren, will you kindly remember us, your 
servants, in your prayers, so that God may give 
wisdom and understanding, to direct the work of 
the Brotherhood aright? 

On New Year's Day, 1896, we met at the Keuka 
church in council. No business or complaints 
were brought up, excepting the adjusting of finan- 
cial matters. Love and union prevailed. What a 
joy are such meetings! If all the churches of our 
great and beloved Brotherhood were as zealous of 
good works as is evinced by the little church 
h.e_re_ in Florida, there would be no need of so many 

January 25, 18 



appeals through the Messenger, and the work of 
spreading the true Gospel would go on, and many- 
precious souls would be brought to Christ. 

Last week we had a fine rain, and since then 
beautiful sunshine and warm weather. The ther- 
mometer, at noon, registered 70 to 80, in the shade. 
J- C. Lahman. 

Hawthorn, Fla., Jan. X4. 

To Sunday School Worker 


The following, sent to a number of Sunday 
school workers, by the committee, is given here by 
the request of the committee.— Ed. 

We ask Annual Meeting through District Meeting to ap- 
point a committee of rive brethren, to be taken from different 
parts of our Brotherhood, and who are well informed in regard 
to the history and needs of our Sunday school work. Let this 
committee furnish information and otherwise assist the Mis- 
sionary and Tract Committee in obtaining statistics and prop- 
er information in regard to the needs of our Sunday school 
work and let the Missionary and Tract Committee report the 
result to next Annual Meeting. 

Committee appointed by Annual Meeting: I. B. Trout, C. E. 
Arnold, Grant Mahan, J. B. Brumbaugh, J. M. Keagy. 
Dear Co-Worker: 

In order to accomplish the work assigned them 
by the last Annual Meeting the Committee on Sun- 
day school Needs and Statistics have made out the 
following list of questions. They wish to get an 
expression from as many brethren and sisters as 
possible. There aim is to send a list of these ques- 
tions to one person in each congregation, but at the 
same time they wish to hear from every one inter- 
ested in making our Sunday schools more potent 
for good to the church and the world. They hope 
that you will give these questions your careful and 
prayerful attention, and that you will send in your 
reply as soon as practicable. If there is no Sunday 
school in your congregation, write us anyhow, 
stating why you have none. 

This list is sent you by the member of the com- 
mittee who has charge of the work in your State. 
Following are the names and addresses of the Com- 
mittee, together with the district assigned each 
member: For I. Bennett Trout, of Lanark, III., In- 
diana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan; for C. E. Ar- 
nold, of McPherson, Kans., Nebraska, Kansas, Ar- 
kansas, Indian Territory and all States west of the 
Rocky Mountains; for J. B. Brumbaugh, of Hunt- 
ingdon, Pa., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey 
and the Northeast; for J. M. Keagy, of Dayton, 
Va., West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and all 
States south and east of these; for Grant Mahan, of 
Mt. Morris, 111., Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, the 
Dakotas, Iowa and Missouri. When you have an- 
swered the questions and offered whatever sugges- 
tions you may have to offer, please return this list 
to the member of the Committee in whose territory 
you are. 

1. How many churchhouses are there in your con- 

2. How many Sunday schools in your congrega- 

3. How many Sunday schools continuing through- 
out the year? 

4. How many Sunday schools have sisters as Sup- 

5. How many use no literature but the Bible? 

6. How many use the Brethren's Quarterly, papers, 

7. How many use other literature, and what kind? 

8. What song book do you use? 

9. Are the officers all members of the church ? 

10. If not, which officers are not? ' 

11. How many teachers in your Sunday school? 

12. How many are members? How many not? 

13. How much has been contributed to the mission- 
ary fund during the past year by each Sunday 

14- How many of the Sunday school scholars have 
joined the church during the past year? 

15. What do you think the needs of our Sunday 
schools are? 

16. What is the enrollment of each Sunday school 
in your district? 

17- Does the church furnish the literature? Should 

As said above, the Committee would like to have 
one of these lists filled out in full from each con- 
gregation in the Brotherhood, and they will be very 
glad if the elder, or the clerk, or the superintendent 
of the Sunday school will see to it that the ques- 
tions are answered and the paper returned to the 
proper member of the Committee. 

The attention of all the brethren and sisters is 
called to the last three questions, and answers to 
them, or any suggestions concerning them, will be 
appreciated. An expression of opinion is wanted 
from as many as possible. 

In some cases it is not possible to send a list of 
the questions to a church, for the simple reason 
that the name of the elder is not known, nor is that 
of the clerk. If a list is not 'sent to every church it 
will be for this reason, and it is earnestly requested 
that a list be sent for at once. 

In some cases the elders of three or four congre- 
gations live in or near the same town. Each one 
is expected to fill out the blank for the church of 
which he is elder. And again; one brother presides 
over several congregations. In such cases he is re- 
quested to see that a blank is filled out for each 
congregation. If not enough are sent him, more 
will be sent on request. 1. Bennett Trout. 

Lanark. III. 

Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 

"As cold n 

Claysburg, Pa.— Jan. 4 was our quarterly coun 
cil in the Lower Claar church. All business that 
came before the meeting was satisfactorily settled 
On Sunday evening, Jan. 5, Bro. John Bennett 
from Artemas, Pa., came to us and preached elever 
sound Gospel sermons. There were no immediate 
additions, and we were sorry that our brother had 
to leave so soon. — Moses W. Walter, Jan. 18. 

Bills, Pa.— Sister Miller, residing in the Middle 
Creek church, seventy-six years of age, is ii 
health. Yesterday, Jan. 16, Eld. Josiah Berkley 
and the writer anointed her according to Jame 
Sister Miller is one of the old, faithful stand, 
bearers of the church. May the Lord be 
strength in her weakness, and be the comfort and 
staff of her declining years! — Silas Hoover, Jan. IJ, 

Goshen, Ind.— Bro. Lewis Whitehead, of New 
Paris, Elkhart Co., Ind., was found dead in his bed 
Jan. 15. His son, Jacob, called him for breakfast, 
and receiving no response, he found him dead 
He was seventy-seven years old. He went to bed 
as well as usual, but never saw the morning sun 
rise. He died of either paralysis or heart trouble 
There was no struggle. Thus one more old stand 
ard-bearer has passed over the river.—/. H. Miller. 

Ola, Iowa. — Our dear brother, Peter Brower 
came to us Dec. 20, and preached eleven soul- 
cheering sermons. The meetings were well at- 
tended, considering the bad roads, and the atten- 
tion was splendid. There were no immediate re- 
sults, although we believe some were impressed 
with the thought that they are not doing their 
duty. We are almost alone here, and are always 
glad to see any of the Brethren. The Gospel 
Messenger visits us each week, for which we are 
very thankful. We think we cannot do without it, 
here in our isolated condition. — Ella Buzzard. 

Callaway, Va.— Eld. Daniel Peters and I left 
our homes Nov. 18, 1895, to visit the Fraternity 
congregation of Forsyth and Davidson Counties, 
North Carolina, to hold meetings at different 
points; also to ordain to the eldership brethren J. 
F. Robertson and C. R. Faw, as was agreed upon 
by the elders of the First District of Virginia, at 
last District Meeting. The above-named church 
being assembled in council, they expressed them- 
selves unanimously in favor of an ordination, which 
was done seemingly with a sense of their respon- 
sibility. During our stay we held about thirty 
meetings. Four were baptized and one reclaimed. 
— fere Bamlmrt. 

rs Jan, 6, 


Rome Church, Ohio.— On the evening of Dec. 
7, Bro. Isaiah Rairigh, of Woodland, Mich., com- 
menced to preach for us at our Oak Grove house, 
meetings closed Jan. 12. One was baptized. 
We had good attendance and very good interest. — 
Maggie A. Dickey, Alvada, Ohio. 
Walnut Church, Ind.— I am, at this writing, in 
e midst of a series of meetings. Four made the 
good confession. Others are near. Among those 
vho were received is a mute sister. We have an 
nterpreter with us, which is a great help to those 
vho are deprived of their hearing.— Dorsey Hodg- 
den, Argos, Ind., Jan. 17. 

South Loup Church, Nebr.— Bro. Ja 
from the Muddy Valley church, came 
and preached seven soul-cheering 
crowded houses. There were no additions, 
there was considerable interest manifested. Bro. 
McCrea is an earnest worker for the Master— Ii' 
P. Mc Lilian, Litchfield, Nebr., Jan. 17. 

Bills, Pa. —In company with Bro. George Shrock, 
we visited our sick brother, Samuel Wellcr, in the 
Middle Creek congregation, who is in his seventy- 
sixth year, and was anointed according to James 5, 
after which he expressed a joy and comfort. May 
the Lord abundantly bless our dear brother in his 
declining years! — Silas Hoover, Jan. 18. 

Notice.— In the Synoptical Report of the East- ' 
crn Pennsylvania Ministerial Meeting, published in 
pamphlet form, there are two printer's errors on 
page 28, which detract from the true sense. Line 
sixteen from bottom reads " people there were," 
instead of "people then were." Line four from 
bottom after the word "added" is wanting this 
sentence: "Going cast a day is dropped." All 
having the Report will do well to make the cor- 
rection at once. — George Bucher, Clerk, Kleinfclters- 
villc, Pa., Jan. 17. 

Johnsville, Ohio— Dec. 29, 1895, Bro. Daniel 
Garber, of Lower Twin, Ohio, came to the Union 
house, in New Lebanon, Ohio, to hold a series of 
meetings. The unfavorable weather on Monday 
preventetl some from turning out for a few days, 
but the house was filled to overflowing. The last 
half of the meeting the people turned out from all 
parts of the country to hear the Gospel declared 
in its pure and unadulterated state. Many good 
impressions, we think, were made. There were 
three accessions by baptism and one restored to 
full membership that had fallen away. — W. S. Gil- 
bert, Jan. 18. 



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a large and in- 
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ecious souls were 
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Some very important 
1 settled satisfactorily 

with the church. On Sunday, Jan. 5, Bro. C. P. 
Rowland and several others assembled at the home 
of sister Mollie Barton, who was very ill, and de- 
sired to be anointed. She is a strong sister in the 
faith and has bright prospects of that promised 
home. Bro. C. P. Rowland left us Jan. 6 for his 
home in Illinois.— A E. Wycoffjan. 15. 

Stroud, Okla. T— Bro. N. S 
Gorham came to our place Jai 
at this point are about twelve m 
lar place of preaching, with 1 
than eight miles. The Brethr 

B. Y. 


Gripe ai 

5. The 

:s from our regu- 

members nearer 


ning of Jan. 5. On the evening of the 
7th Bro. Gripe received the sad news that his 
house, with all its contents, was in ashes. Next 
day he took his departure for home, about fifty 
miles distant. Bro. Gorham continued the meet- 
ings until the 13th. The brethren preached in 
all, ten soul-cheering sermons. One precious soul 
came out on the Lord's side. On Saturday, Jan. 
rr, we met at our regular preaching place in coun- 
cil. But little business came before the meeting. 
Bro. 1. F. Betts was advanced to the second de- 
gree of the ministry amid great solemnity.—/. K, 
Waltman, Jan. 14. 



January 25, 1896. 

Washington, Kans.— Two more dear 
souls were added to the fold by bap- 
tism Jan. 12. Others are counting the 
cost; some are near the kingdom. — 
Lizzie Gauby,Jan. 13. 

Roanoke, La. — We baptized the ap- 
plicants, previously reported, yester- 
day. Last night another young man 
applied for membership. We feel to 
thank God and take courage. — C. D. 

New Baltimore, Ohio.— Bro. Aaron 
Heistand closed an interesting series 
of meetings at the brick house in the 
East Nimishillen congregation, Start 
Co., Ohio, on last evening. Twelvi 
were added to the church by baptisn 
during these meetings. — Andrew Brum 
bangh, Jan. 17. 

Banquo, Ind.— Bro. J. F. Spitzer 
came to us Jan. 8, and preached fivt 
soul-cheering sermons. His visit witl 
us was all that could be desired 
The meetings closed with increasing 
interest and attendance and with re. 
grets that Bro. Spitzer had to leave 
for other fields of labor so soon 
D. Moore, Jan. 14. 
, Notice. — To the Brethren and Sisters of 
the Eastern District o Pennsylvania 
The Committee appointed to arrange 
a program for the Ministerial Meeting 
of 1896 will meet for that purpose 
and asks the brethren and sisters to 
forward all questions to the under- 
signed before Feb. 15, 1896. — H. E. 
Light, Mountville, Pa. 

Waldon, Ind. Ter.— But few of our 
members remain in this arm of the 
church. Most of them have moved 
to other parts. Bro. M. M. Ennis, of 
El Reno, came to our place Dec. 17, 
to hold a series of meetings, but ow- 
ing to so much rain, and appointments 
ahead of us, we could not continue. 
He preached one soul-cheering ser- 
mon.— Lydia Shireman, Jan. 8. 

South Bend, Ind.— This church met 
in council Jan. 11. As there was im- 
portant business to come before the 
meeting, Bro. Lemuel Hillery and 
Hiram Kreighbaum were called in 
council with us. One sister was rein- 
stated and three deacons elected and 
installed. The services were very im- 
pressive throughout and we hope 
much good will result from them.— 
Wm. Borough, North Liberty, Ind., Jan. 11. 

New Midway, Md— On Monday 
night, Jan. 6, some incendiary fired 
our Rose Jelly factory. We discov- 
ered it just too late to save anything. 
We would have succeeded in saving 
the building, but an explosion took 
place, which blew my two sons fifteen 
feet or more, and nearly killed us, 
while battling with the flames. We 
are arranging to resume business again, 
and will be able to fill orders prompt- 
ly in a few days.— F. C. Renmrjan. 10. 

Bethel, Nebr — The members of the 
Bethel church met in quarterly coun- 
cil the first Saturday in this month. 
All business was disposed of in a sat- 
isfactory manner. Several members 
were received by letter into the 
church. Our Sunday school and so- 
cial meetings are very interesting and 
are improving. A series of meetings 
was held at the Lichty schoolhouse 
by our ministers. No additions to 
the church were made, but good in- 
terest was manifested.— Clara B. Hoch- 

a result of the good work, four were 
baptized and one reclaimed. Among 
this number was one Lutheran and 
one of the Reformed c 
manifestation of interest and attention 
we need only to say the house was 
overcrowded every night, with a few 
ptions.— Josiah Eby, Dayton, Ohio, 
Jan. i S . 

Notice. — To the Churches of North 
western Ohio: — Wc hereby give notice 
that those who have not paid th 
apportionment assigned to them 1 
Home Mission, will please forward 
the same to S. Rodabaugh, New Stark, 
Ohio, at least two weeks before Dis- 
trict Meeting. Money for general ex- 
penses should be sent to J. F. Weaver, 
Lima, Ohio, Box 576.— Z. C. Schubett, 
Secretary 0/ Mission Board of Northives- 
tern Ohio, 

Upper Dublin Church, Pa.— An in- 
teresting series of meetings here 
ed last evening with a large at- 
tendance. Bro. Wm. Howe, of the 
Amwell church, N. J., came Dec. 30, 
and preached, in all, fifteen earnest 
and telling sermons. Although there 
were no immediate results, the "in- 
corruptible seed" was liberally sown, 
and we trust that, in God's own time, 
a harvest of souls may be garnered. 
— B. F. Kittinger. 

Bear Creek, Ohio.— On the evening 
of Dec. 29 Bro. Daniel M. Garver 
came to us and preached in our house 
in New Lebanon until the evening of 
Jan. 14, and gave us twenty-four ex- 
cellent sermons, including one < 

Committee on Arrangements at thi 
Annual Meeting, held at Ottawa ii 
1887— I. H. Crist, Jan. /?. 



al. A: 

4 was our ( 

Nevada, Mo 
l-meeting. Some bu 
fore the meeting, but all passed off 
1 a good feeling. Our elder, Sam- 
Click, handed in his resignation 
:h was accepted by the church, 
expects to go to Arkansas to labor 
for the church. The church chose 
Wm. Harvey, of Jasper County, 
to look after the church at this place, 
members in this church are much 
scattered, but we have concluded to 
n our Sunday school during the 
nter. Our school, at times, is very 
»all, compared with other schools, 
e use the "Brethren's Sunday 
School Song Book" which gives good 
satisfaction, especially so among the 
Brethren's children. — Riley Stump, 
fan. 14. 

Gardner, Kans. — We commenced a 

series of meetings in our West church 

Christmas Day and closed Jan. 12, 

holding, in all, twenty-five meetings. 

The congregations were the largest, 

ng the entire meeting, we ever 

had on a similar occasion, with a gen- 

1 upbuilding of all who attended. 

Only three were baptized, but we 

losed with a bright prospect. These 

meetings were conducted by the home 

To-day Bro. H. F. Crist 

ere called to the home of 

Eld. George Myers, of Wade, Kans., 

to officiate 



ointing of Bro. 

sorely afflicted with 

of diseases, which at 

times bring him very near death's 

door. He desires the prayers of God's 

children in his behalf. Never, in our 

experience, did we see the blessing 

anointing with more joy 

and beneficial results, at the time, 

than in Bro. Myers' case, Many will 

remember him as the foreman of the 


FORNEY— SHULL.— By the undersigned, 
his residence, Nortli Manchester, Ind., Jan. 
1896, D. L. Forney, of Palestine, Ark., and 
Anna M. Shull, of Virden, 111. 

MILLER— SHELLY.— Also at the same 

ne and place, J. K. Miller, formerly of Kauff- 

an, Pa. F but more recently of Robins, Iowa, 

and Louisa M. Shelly, of Mastersonville, Lan- 

ister Co., Pa. E. S. Young. 


home of the bride, in Midland, Va„ Dec. 15, 

, by the undersigned, Bro. John Hinegar- 

Er, of Nokesville, Prince William Co., Va., 

and sister Eva E. Hedrick (daughter of Eld. 

Jacob Hedrick, deceased), of Fauquier Co., 

'a. Andrew Chambers. 

MOSHOLDER— RUMMEL.— At the home 

f the bride's parents, Johnstown, Pa., Dec. 25, 

8q5, by the undersigned, Bro. Edward S. 

Mosholder and sister Mary A. Rummel. 

Albert Berkley. 
BUBB— BUCHER.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Astoria, 111., Jan. 7, 1896, by 
Bro. Michael Flory, of Girard, III., Bro. Jes 
Bubb and sister Sarah Bucher, both of Astor 
111. Lvdia Bucher. 

- - . FALLEN t ASLEEP - . . 

" Blessed arc tl>..- , !■..■;. .) -vlnc h .lie in the Lord." ""^ 

WEAVER.— In the Conestoga church, Lan- 
caster Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1896, Daniel O. Weaver, 
son of Bro. George and Martha Weaver, aged 
4 years, 1 month and 22 days. Services by 

the Breth 

[ The 

. 4: 13- 

I. W. Taylor. 
the Tulpehocken church, Leba- 

dow of Abraham Zug, Sr., aged 82 

months and 4 days. 

^HERTZLER.— In the same church, Dec 

iSg;, sister Elizabeth Royer Hertzler, wid- 

of deacon Jonathan Hertzler (who died on 

ie day, 1887), and mother of elders John 

and William Hertzler, aged 91 years and 3 


MERKEY.— In the same church, Dec. 27, 
895, sister Minnie Merkey, daughter of Joseph 
nd Mary Sherman Merkey, beth deceased, 
ged 14 years, 8 months and 12 days. 
^BRENDLE.— In the same church, Jan. 3, 
96, Bro. Levi Brendle, aged 66 years, 2 
months and 28 days. C. Bucher. 

JONES.— In the Grundy County church, 
u. 10, 1896, of cancer of the stomach, 
homas J. Jones, aged 61 years, 9 months and 
29 days. He had been a member of the Breth- 
church for thirty-six years, and for thirty- 
years of that time he faithfully served in 
the office of deacon. During all his suffering 
.ever complained, but cast his care on 
who never faileth. He leaves a wife, four 
and two daughters. Services were con- 
ducted by Eld. H. P. Strickler and Bro. C. 
M. Garner, from 2 Kings 20: 1 and Rev. 14: 13. 
WILSON.— In the Fredonia church, Wilson 
:o., Kans., Jan. 11, 1896, Melissa F. Birdie, 
■nly daughter of James B. and sister Clara 
Wilson, aged 3 weeks and 1 day. Funeral 
rvices conducted by the undersigned from 
^e 18: 16. S. E. Thompson. 

HORNER.— In Upland, Grant Co., Ind., 
Jan. s, 1896, Moses R. Horner. He was the 
uf George and Margaret Horner, of Preble 
County, Ohio. He was united in marriage 
with sister Nancy M. Winter, May 3, 1868. 
His first wife, Nancy, and little daughter, 
Mary, preceded him to the spirit home. He 
leaves his second wife, Lucy, two married 
daughters, two grown sons and two small chil- 
eral services in the M. E. church 
by I. J. Howard. After the funeral the re- 
conveyed to the cemetery at Gass 
City and laid to rest in hope. 

Isaiah J. Howard. 
ETTER.— In the Falling Spring congrega- 
)n, Pa., Jan. 6, 1896, Bro. Jacob Etter, aged 67 
years, 1 month and 21 days. He leaves one son. 

He was a consistent member of the church 
for many years, and filled the office of deacon 
some eighteen or twenty years faithfully. His 
companion preceded him to the spirit world 
nine years ago. Both departed this life al- 
most without a moment's warning. Interment 
at the Falling Spring cemetery. Text, 1 Sam. 
20: 3, latter clause, by the home ministry. 

Wm. C. Koontz. 
JACOBS.— Near East Berlin, Pa., Nov. 5i 
1895, Bertha May, grandchild of Bro. Peter 
Jacobs, aged 1 year, 3 months and 12 days. 

JACOBS.— At the same place, Dec. 8, 1895, 
Maurice, son of Bro. Peter Jacobs, aged 6 
months and 24 days. Disease, diphtheria, 
Services by Bro. David H. Baker and others. 
Mary" K.Baker. 
fBRUBAKER— In the West qonestoga con- 
gregation, Elizabeth Township, Lancaster Co., 
Jan. 5, 1895, Elizabeth Brubaker, aged 96 
years, 9 months and 21 days. Her maiden 
name was Musser. She was born in West 
Hemfield Township, this County and State. 
She was an exemplary Christian woman, hav- 
ing joined the Brethren church some sixty 
years ago. The funeral services were con- 
ducted by Eld. Jacob Hackman, Cyrus Gibble 
and Hiram Gibble, of White Oak congrega- 
from Ps. 92: 13, 14. Seven children were 
to her, of whom three are living. Her 
husband, the late John Brubaker, died May, 
I65. E. B. Brubaker. 

BLICKENSTAFF.— In the Oakley church, 
Macon Co., III., Jan. 8, 1896, sister Barbara 
Blickenstaff, wife of Levi Blickenstaff, aged 
25 years, 10 months and 7 days. She leaves 
a husband and two children. Funeral services 
conducted by Bro. M. J. McClure. 

W. H. Hood. 
HALE.— In the Beaver Creek congregation, 
Va., Dec, 19,- 1895, sister Mollie Hale, aged 
83 years and 10 months. Funeral services by 
Eld. Jacob Thomas. 

HOLLEN— In the Beaver Creek congrega- 
tion, Va., Dec. 27, 1895, sister Catherine Hol- 
len, aged 77 years, 10 months and 21 days. 
Funeral services by brethren Jacob Thomas 
and J. W. Click. M. B. Miller. 

ENFIELD.— At the home of her (Son, in 
Johnson County, Iowa, Elizabeth Enfield, wife 
of Philip Enfield, aged 90 years, 3 months and 
22 days. Her husband and two children pre- 
ceded her to the spirit world. She has left 
nine children. So far as known, she was a 
member of the Brethren church for 
years. Peace to her ashes! 

J. C. Seibert, 
COSNER— In the Alleghany congregation 
Grant. Co., W. Va., Jan. 1, 1896, of paralysis, 
Bro. Benjamin Cosner (a deacon) aged about 
65 years. He was anointed only a few days 
prior to his death. He leaves a wife, three 
children and a large circle of relations. 

Raphael Baker. 
RITTER.— At Teegarden, Marshall Co., 
Ind., Dec. 25, 1895, Bro. Henry Ritter, aged 
69 years, 1 month and 10 days. He was a 
member of the Brethren church for thirty-one 
years. Funeral services by the writer. 

Jacob Hilderbrand. 
BEACHEY.— In the Elk Lick congregation, 
Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 2, 1896, Abraham P. 
Beachey, aged 67 years, 11 months and 9 days. 
Bro. ' Beachey united with the church at an 
early age and served in the office of deacon 
for nineteen years. He was also secretary of 
the church for a number of years. In the 
death of Bro. Beachey the church has lost one 
of its most active and exemplary members. 
Funeral services by Eld. S. F. Sanger and the 
writer. W. A. Gaunt. 

SPITLER.— In the Salem church, Ohio, Jan. 
ii, 1896, Sarah Spitler, only child of friend 
Esta and Vinnia Spitler, aged 5 months and 
days. Funeral Text, 1 Pet. 1:23, 24, con- 
ducted by the writer. 

John H. Brumbaugh. 
WEAVER.— In the Conestoga congrega- 
m, Lancaster Co., Pa„ Jan. 11, 1896, Eva 
ene Weaver, daughter of Bro. George and 
sister Martha Weaver. Services by the 
Brethren from Matt. 18:3. That death loves 
shining mark was verified in the taking 
away of two loved ones in one week's time. 
I, W. Taylor. 
LEHMAN.— In the Garrison church, Iowa, 
Jan. 13, 1896, Ina, little daughter of Bro. J. 
S., and Rena Lehman, aged 1 month. Funer- 
al sermon by Bro. George W. Thomas, of 
Ames, Iowa, from Mark 10: 14, 

Rachel C. Christy, 

January 25, 1896. 



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Writes of his Experience in 
North Dakota. 

Urges the Brethren to Join the Col- 
onies and Churches Already 
Organized, and 

Not Scatter about in New and 
Uncertain Sections ! 

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ready satisfied themselves 
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as to the 
r general 
:h fellow- 

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Mr. Max Bass, 

Chicago, 111., 
,uugf.7 Sir; — I have been desiring to write 
in the iui'i we *'K? l ms co,intrv . ar >d w ' sn to 
say that we lonnu it Deiter than it was repre- 
sented and we are well pleased with our new 
home. We have done well here this year, and 
as far as I know all of the Brethren have done 
well, — have got plenty of everything. I wish 
to say, however, North Dakota is like all 
countries, there is some poor land in it. I am 
told by the old settlers here that the James 
River country is poor, sandy land, and I do 
hope that my dear Brethren will not go where 
they will lose everything that they have. As 
you know all about it I wish you would do 
something to prevent them from going out 
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ever shone upon, and they do not need to buy 
of a railroad, but they can buy of the old set- 
tlers, or take up free government land. 

Well, I will give you some idea what we 
raised on the farm here, 5,758 bushels of wheat, 
l.ioo bushels of oats, 200 bushels of barley, 
and 125 bushels of potatoes. Then I had some 
land rented, on that there was 2,300 of wheat, 
1,090 of oats, and 900 bushels of barley, which 
is altogether 11,473 bushels. We think this 
was good for the first year's farming. This 
leaves us all well and hearty, and I hope to see 
you soon. Yours truly, 

John W. Hartsock. 
Persons desiring information about 
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located along the line of the Great 
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I de 

The : 

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re, and ten years' time 
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is give, 

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Tin; Sanctity of the Marriage Tie,. . 


His Coming 

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Origin and Purpose of tl 

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The Use of International Lessons in 01 

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The Special Bible Term at the Mount closed 
last week with more than ordinary interest. In 
several respects it was quite an improvement over 
the former terms. The lessons on Doctrine, given 
by Bro. Teeter, were highly appreciated. The se- 
ries of lessons by Bro. Trout, on Secret Societies, 
was the best that we ever heard along that line. 
Those who heard them were thoroughly warned 
against the evils of these secret orders. Other im- 
portant lines of study were pursued, but our edi- 
torial work did not permit us to attend the classes. 
We feel that the Term was a good one, and will 
have far-reaching results. 

It may seem to us a most unfortunate thing 
for a devout minister to be compelled to close 
his active work in the fields, where his services are 
so much needed, in order that he may give at- 
tention to secular pursuits for the support of his 
family. Yet those who are under the necessity 
of so doing should not become discouraged, for 
Paul, the greatest missionary of apostolic times, 
for a brief period gave his attention to tent-mak- 
ing that he might not be chargeable to others. 
While his hands were busy with the needle, the 
Gospel was taking deep root in his soul, and pre- 
paring him for the great missionary fields awaiting 
him. Ministers, like trees, sometimes become the 
stronger by resting for a season, and what to us 
may seem a grave misfortune is often for their 
own good. The forty years that Moses spent 
herding flocks in the mountains was not lost. It 
made a stronger man of him. Let those who must, 
for the time being, hold the plow and shove the 
plane take fresh courage from this line of thought. 
Their evenings may be spent at wholesome read- 
ing, and their minds given to meditation in a way 
that will, in the end, result in the glory and honor 
of God. 

The masses among the Catholics know but lit- 
tle about the Bible, for it is generally believed 
that they are not encouraged to read it by the 
priests and bishops, so, when the Pope, about two 
years ago, issued a letter on the importance of 
studying the Word of God, it was thought that 
possibly the laymen in the Roman Catholic Church 
would give" more attention to the study of the 
Scriptures. As a matter of fact it is stated that 
not one new edition of the Bible has appeared 
among these people. It is also stated that at 
a Catholic bookstore in Milan, probably the largest 
in Italy, not a hundred copies of the Scriptures 
have been called for in the course of a year. It 
is significant, indeed, to contrast this lack of in- 
terest in the Word of God " with the last report 
of the British and Foreign Bible Society and the 
National Bible Society of Scotland. The circu- 
lation of the two together was: Bibles, 7,662; Tes- 
taments, 16,926; portions, 165,065, making a total 
of 189,633, an increase of nearly 25,000 copies." 
From a Protestant standpoint this is encouraging, 
but on the other hand the prospect of getting the 
Catholics to read the Bible as they should is by 
no means flattering. 

( A pitiful story is told of two men in Minne- 
sota, who undertook to run a bear farm. They 
raised bear and deer for the market. There was 
nothing unusual about the deer, but the bears were 
a novelty and soon brought the men to grief. Like 
all dangerous animals, they had to be kept in a 

for the two men to pass through the den. They 
were attacked by the savage beasts, one of them 
was killed and eaten, and the other was terribly 
mangled, though he made his escape. The news 
horrified the peaple living in that part of the 
country, not solely on the account of the death of 
one man and the mangled form of the other, but 
they began to realize the danger right in their 
midst, should any others chance to enter the bear 
den, or should the animals escape. Strange, we 
say, that men should engage in such a business! 
Yet in nearly all the towns in this country, are 
dens more dangerous than the den of savage ani- 
mals in Minnesota. They are the saloons, and are 
slaying their victims by the hundreds. Are the 
people horrified? Not at all, they are hardened 
to it, and even vote to grant license that the de- 
struction of life may go on. What kind of people 

are we? 

(^"A recent issue of the Christian Herald contains 
the portrait of Mrs. Mary D. Webster, of Lexing- 
ton, Nebr.. said to be the oldest Christian woman 
in that part of the West, being now in her 98th 
year. She is, however, so feeble that she has to be 
lifted from one position into another that she may 
rest. We can equal this at Mt. Morris. Only a 
few blocks from the Messenger office lives Aunt 
Kittie Rice, who, if she lives until the coming 
August, will be 99 years old. While her health 
for the last few months has not been good, still 
she is in full possession of her mental powers, and 
has a memory that serves her well. She can con- 
verse intelligently and pleasantly on any of the 
questions within the range of her observation, and 
readily recall and narrate events that occurred 80 
and 90 years ago. Father Stroh, another resident 
of our place, is only a few months younger. He 
is seen on the streets nearly every day. A few 
days ago he climbed a long flight of stairs to 
reach our office, and while here conversed as in- 
telligently as a man of seventy. He then descended 

the stairs unaided. He is probably the oldest 
Lutheran minister in the West, if not in the United 
States, and is the oldest man that has ever called 
on us in our editorial sanctum. These aged peo- 
ple are living monuments of industry, nobility and 
an abiding trust in Providence. 

Some weeks ago it was stated that Miss Clara 
Barton would not be permitted to enter Turkey 
to distribute funds among the destitute and suf- 
fering Armenians. After seriously and prayerfully 
considering the state of affairs, the brave woman 1 
made up her mind to make the venture at least,, 
and several days ago left New York en route for 
Constantinople, resolving to trust the consequences 
to the hand of Providence. If all goes well she 
will reach Constantinople inside of two weeks. 
Her plan seems to be to call on the Sultan 
and plead the cause of the many suffering Ar- 
menians, and obtain his permission to go among 
them quietly and administer to their wants, and 
in this way execute the important mission entrust- 
ed to her and her band of helpers. But shortly 
after her sailing news came that the Sultan had 
toiled down a good deal and would probably not 
forbid Miss Barton to administer to the wants 
of his Armenian subjects. Thousands of dollars 
have already been contributed to the Armenian 
Relief Fund and more will follow. 


No. an. Walks in and nhout Jt»^ unl i\ her (legra 
In thinking of writing up this city, the first 
thought is, How shall we do it? As we think of 
its history, the wonderful events that have trans- 
pired here, and the multiplied times written de- 
scriptions that have been given of it, the effort to 
be made in doing it grows on us to such an extent 
that we feel at a loss just how to commence, what 
to say, how to say it, and where to end. Shall we 
soar off in a flight of ecstasies, as many others have 
done on entering her borders, and paint to you 
an ideal city or Paradise that never had a reality,, 
and cannot have until the King of Peace comes to. 

•ill giv 

al thing, 


ing and gii 
of the pla 

But on: 
igh the- 

reign supreme, or shall v 
appeared to us? Yes, 
things appeared to be to us. 

The first sight of the city is imp 
the beholder rather a flattering idi 
as for beauty of situation it is very fi 
elevated and above all of its surroundings, 
our nearer approach, and on passing in thi 
Jaffa Gate, the principal entrance, and seeing the 
rabble, and hearing the clatter and s'ruggle, our 
former visions of the place took wings, floated and 
bursted. Some very real and flat truths dawned 
upon us, and the utterance of the Master, on her 
desolation, came vividly before us: "O Jerusalem, 
Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and 
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often 
would I have gathered thy children together, even 
as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, 
and ye would not." The desolation followed, and, 
in many ways, still reigns here. Our first impres- 
sion, on entering the city, was not disappointing, 
as our overland trip through a land that was once 
represented as flowing with " milk and honey " had 
prepared us for a corresponding condition of 
things in its chief city, and so we found it. 

Jerusalem is a Bible city, spoken of first by 
Abram, over nineteen hundred years before Christ; 


marsi gospel mbsbbngbb. 

February I, jg 

then by Joshua, on entering and subduing the 
Promised Land. Afterwards it is called the City 
of David, and becomes the resting place of the ark 
of God. Then, as we go down through 'the cen- 
turies, we have its destruction, when its pride was 
trailed in the dust. Still later the. King of Peace 
is presented there. Twelve years more, and we 
again have him in the Holy City a' the honored 
guest of the Sanhedrim. Then we have his public 
entry, honored as a King. Following this we have 
his condemnation, crucifixion and glorious resur- 
rection, thus fulfilling the prophecy: "In that day 
there shall be a fountain opened to the house of 
David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin 
and for uncleanness." But as this Fountain was re- 
jected by the house of David, the desolations fol 
lowed. It doesn't require a prophet to see that it 
still remains to this people, and, we believe, will 
remain until the Gentile fulfillment and Israel's 
blindness be removed. 

The estimated population, at this time, is about 
40,000, divided religiously as follows: Moslems or 
Mohammedans, 7,560; Jews, 28,000; Latins (Roman 
Catholics), 2,000; United Greeks, 150; United Ar- 
menians, 50; Orthodox Greeks, 4,000; Armenians, 
510; Copts, ico; Ethiopians, 75; Syrians, 15; Prnt- 
estants, 300. It seems to be a center of religious 
fanaticism and a Mecca for religious cranks. Per- 
haps this is putting it a little strong, but existing 
conditions seem to justify the assertion. But of 
this we shall speak again. 

The city is surrounded by a high and heavy wall 
of large stone, some quite large, measuring twenty- 
two feet long by four and one half feet wide, and 
over five feet thick. It is entered on different 
sides, through gates, once closed at night, but now 
open all the time, except the "Golden Gate," 
which has been permanently closed by the Moham- 
medans, to keep the Christians from passing 

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the Valley of Jehoshaphat to the Mount of Olives, 
there will be a very small wire stretched, over 
which all must go. Those who have been good, by 
the assistance of angels, will be able to pass over in 
safety and enter Paradise, but the bad, unaccom- 
panied by angels, will fall off the wire, and go 
down into hell, or a place of punishment. 

The gates are named as follows, commencing 
with the Jaffa: Sion, Dung, Golden, St. Stephen, 
Gate of Herod, Damascus and the New Gate. 
The two gates most used are the Jaffa and the 
Damascus. At the latter are seen the Bedouins, 
with their black and ill-constructed tents. Here 
they halt in coming down through the country 
from the North, before entering the city, with their 
loaded camels, donkeys, families, etc., and a 
motley-looking crowd they are. Here you see the 
original native stock, costume and all,— miserable, 
dirty, ragged, and, in some cases, children as nude 
as the day in which they were born. For their 
associates they have lank and cadaverous-looking 
dogs, and fleas in abundance. That such a de- 
moralized, degraded and murderous-looking tribe 
of people should now inhabit the country, once the 
Land of Promise, seems to be a sad commentary on 
the Israel that had such glorious advantages and 
promises set before them. But such is the fruit of 
sin, and it is right that a people should reap the 
fruits of their sowing, which, surely, they have 
been and arc now doing. Not only have they been 
dispossessed of their offered possessions, but have 
been subdued and are now under the iron rod of 
those whom the Lord had given into their hands to 
conquer and drive out. 

The Jaffa Gate leads out into the great public 
highway that leads from the city to the sea at 
Jaffa. Here it is that the great throng of passers 
in and out are seen at all hours of the day, and no 
better place can be found to study people, their 

habits, customs, costumes and faces, as here are 
seen representatives from all the nations under 
the sun. Our hotel is located just inside of this 
gate, with a front veranda facing it. This veranda 
is a most interesting place, and we have sat there 
for hours, with unabated interest, studying the 
different phases of human and animal life. The 
view forms an open book, — with a continual turn- 
ing of new pages, so that it would require volumes 
to write it all down. It forms a scene that cannot 
be photographed with the pen. 

As we took our position there, the first thought 
that came was, We will write it down; we will de- 
scribe it for the satisfaction and entertainment of 
our friends, — this is always our feeling when we 
see things that are deeply interesting, — and this 
was so intensely interesting, that much of our 
pleasure in beholding it was destroyed when we 
realized what a hopeless task it would be to try 
to describe the scenes in pen-picture, and that we 
could not have our scores of friends with us to see 
and enjoy. 

Dear reader, did you ever have a similar expe- 
rience? To illustrate, — Did you ever get into a 
melon patch when there were lying around hun- 
dreds of large, ripe, luscious melons, going to 
waste because there was nobody there to eat 
them but yourself, or perhaps, several with you? 
Did you not think of your friends who were in- 
tensely fond of melons? And did you not wish 
them to be with you? Yet you could not have 
them there, neither could you carry the melons to 
them. And while a half dozen or more slices of 
a melon would be just as sweet to you personally, 
as they would be were there dozens with you to 
take part in the eating, yet your pleasure would 
not be the same. Well, so we felt on these oc- 
casions. We felt sorry that we could not have you 
with us to see as we saw, and because we cannot 
put it in a shape to carry it to you. But more of 

The greater part of the city is within the walls, 
but it will not be long, if circumstances favor, un- 
til the better part will be on the outside, as here 
is where the New Jerusalem is now found. If a 
more beneficent government could be had, the 
New City would have great things in store. 

Our first walk was on the outside of the city, 
around her walls, starting from the Jaffa Gate, and 
going southward. We would like to tell you of 
the beautiful things to be seen on our walk on the 
outside of the walls of the Holy City, but we are 
sorry to say that there is nothing of the beautiful 
to be seen. Instead of beauty you find ashes, rub- 
bish, offal,— for the filth of the city is poured, car- 
ried, and thrown outside of the walls,— so that 
from gate to gate you are made to feel you are 
passing through vast pest-houses that smell so 
loudly that you instinctively hold your breath and 
hurry through. The way could be made as de- 
lightful and inviting, with an ordinary respect for 
beauty and cleanliness, as it is now forbidding and 
disgusting, as from outside of the walls com- 
manding views of the surroundings are had. 

To the south and east are the conjunction of 
the Valleys of Jehoshaphat, Valley of Kidron, the 
Tyropean, Siloam (about which we sing), Enrogel, 
Mount ot Olives, Gethsemane, etc. 

As we trudged around over the rubbish, piles of 
rocks, heaps of ashes, etc., we formed a picture of 
how beautiful the surroundings might be made by 
a little expenditure of money, and the exercising 
of some of the taste that surely ought to be de- 
veloped and made practical on the part of the 
citizens of so large a city. The difficult thing for 
us to do is to associate our ideal Jerusalem— once 
a real one, — with the real one as we now see it. 
For me, the two will not fit together. How differ- 
ently things must have been in the time of David 
when he could say of the city; " Beautiful for situ- 

ation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, 
on the sides of the north, the city of the Great 

That there are great possibilities for Jerusalem, 
when the Lord's time comes, must be apparent to 
every one who carefully looks over the situation, 
but under existing conditions much cannot be ex- 
pected, as the " powers that be " are not only in- 
different to the improvement and prosperity of 
the city, but continually, yet successfully, throw 
hindrances in the way of those who would insti- 
tute reforms that would lead to the prosperity 
of the place. Everything, in the way of improve- 
ment, is held in check, and the only shrewdness 
exercised seems to be that no one party, sect or na- 
tionality get the advantage over the other. It is 
true, the dog is in the manger and is jealously 
watching the hay; but it seems to us that if the 
cows that want the hay would make a united push, 
the dog could be ousted, and the possibilities for 
good be utilized. 

These are some of the thoughts we had while 
passing around the city, and the more we learned 
about the general dispositions of the citizens, 
the more we became confirmed in this view. The 
outside, it seems to us, is a fair index of that 
which is within. The deadness that is found lying 
around on the outside, died on the inside before 
being cast out. The greatest trouble we see 
about it is, that there is still too much of the dead 
and putrefying left within the walls, as our sec- 
ond walk revealed to us. While cleanliness and 
ordinary respect for decency is the exception, 
the rule is profuse in apparent indifference and 
lack of taste, and a desire to make things look 
inviting. There are some buildings within the 
walls that have an air of neatness and a home- 
like appearance. The great majority of them, 
however, remind you of stone piles, dead walls 
and miserably-constructed hovels that would be 
uninviting as stables, and much less would they 
serve as dwelling places and homes for civilized 
and enlightened human beings. This is especially 
true of the Jewish quarters and the poorer classes 
of Mohammedans. The streets, in places, are quite 
steep, laid with flat stones and in steps, so that no 
animal of burden can pass through them, ex- 
cept the sure-footed donkey and the camel. The 
streets, or bazaars, are only from six to eight feet 
wide, and the store and business rooms remind you 
of small caves, hewn out of the rocks. The front 
is all open during the day, and closed by rough, 
wooden doors at night. The fronts, when closed, 
look much like the old-fashioned barn doors with 
a wooden bolt, and, in some cases, an iron bar 
across both doors and locked in a staple on the 
outside. The store-rooms are, generally, only 
about twelve feet wide and about the same depth. 
The salesman is in the front, with all his goods 
back of him, and the customers on the street, — 
there are no side-walks, — as there is no light in 
the room except that which enters from the front. 
The goods and wares are lying around on the in- 
side, on piles, from the floor up. 

Suppose you walk with us down through a 
Turkish and Jewish bazaar,— both much alike, ex- 
cept that the Jew is away ahead of the Turk in 
dirt and real-down filthiness. 

As you enter the bazaar proper, you come in 
contact with a jam of the most motley crowd of 
human beings that can be met anywhere in a civ- 
ilized country. The crowd has a sprinkling of 
people that appear fairly respectable, and the 
other part of the crowd is strongly spiced with 
donkeys, camels and dogs, so that if we were not 
with you, at first sight you would see no chance 
of getting through, and make a hasty retreat, but 
if you don't care to rub against soiled garments, 
by a little effort and much watching, you can get 
through, though collisions are quite frequent. To 

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this our brother Bingaman can testify, as, in an 
unguarded moment, he walked up square against 
a veiled Mohammedan woman. Of course, it was 
accidental. Then the noise is most deafening, as 
the merchants are all anxious to sell, and being an 
exceedingly demonstrative people, you have a per- 
fect Babylon of jargon and noise. This is some- 
times wonderfully augmented by the gentle bray 
ing of donkies and the fighting of dogs. 

Well, now let us look at what is to be seen, — 
stores and goods of all kinds on piles, eithtr in 
front of the shops or on the sides of the street, — 
fez stores, dry goods, grapes and fruits of all kinds, 
shoe stores. Shoes are all made in the back part 
of the shops and sold in front. Then there are 
blacksmith shops, tailor shops, weavers, bakers, — 
all open to the passer-by. The bread is taken 
from the oven and thrown on piles in front, on 
the ground, — a board or dirty-looking cloth un- 

At the next place you see them pounding and 
carding wool, the candy-maker, the worker in 
brass, the butcher. Pardon us for not showing 
you all that is to be seen in these shops, as it 
spoils our desire for eating meat to think of it. It 
is too bad that the places are open to the inspec- 
tion of those who have eating to do. Then, among 
all this, we have those who cater to the immediate 
wants of the hungry,— frying and cooking meats, 
sausages, etc., right before your eyes, with, per- 
haps, a half dozen goat and sheep heads with the 
appurtenances thereto, roasted over-brown, star- 
ing you in the face. Then they have large iron 
kettles, holding eight and ten gallons, in which 
they partly boil these heads, etc., and, in the broth, 
boil potatoes, cabbage, etc., or from it, make soup, 
all of which is dished out to the hungry, boiling 
hot. They eat it while standing, or sit down flat 
on the side of the street, making the lap their ta- 
ble, and eat with it, perhaps, unleavened barley 
bread, baked quite thin and double, that is, open 
in the middle, something like the old-fashioned 
pan-cake,— two of them laid together, and fastened 
around the outer edge, but tough, so tough that 
it requires a good pull to rend them. This kind 
of bread is very plentiful, as you see it lying 
around on heaps all along the sides of the street, 
so that it is difficult to keep from walking on it. 
This does, at times, happen, but without injuring 
the bread. Next we see several women grinding 
wheat or barley on one of the upper and nether 
stone mills, as named in the Bible, "Two wom- 
en shall be grinding at a mill, one shall be taken, 
the other left,"— and perhaps, at the next door you 
will see a larger mill, turned by an ox or cow. On 
the same street is the tanner, the saddler, and, in 
fact, all the trades and professions-including the 
printer, the scribe and the money-changer-that 
you can think of. 

Now, for a moment, stop with us. Here is a 
wholesale and retail grain merchant. Great heaps 
of wheat, barley and oats.-all lying on a ground 
floor— but it is the measuring we want you to see. 
There are practices and customs here that have 
-never changed. As things were done in the days 
of Christ, and even farther back, so they are done 
to-day. In Luke 6: 38 we read, "Give, and it 
shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, 
and shaken together, and running over, shall men 
give into your bosom. For with the same meas- 
ure that ye mete withal shall it be measured to 
you again." Here we see what is called Gospe 
measure A man is measuring wheat, and we will 
wait a minute and see him do it. He has-a wood- 
en measure, in shape and appearance the same 
.as we use, except, we think, a little smaller. 
This he first scoops into the pile of grain and 
with his hands, draws it full. Then he shakes 1 
by rapidly whirling it around, then heaps it run 
again, when, with both hands, he presses it down, 

fills it up again, and with one hand presses again 
on the top, then fills again. After doing this, as 
a last operation, he presses a small hole on the 
very top, then with both hands filled, he pours 
on this, till it is heaped full and runs clown all 
over the measure, after which he carefully lifts 
the measure and pours its contents into a sack. 
This, you see him do repeatedly, and every time 
isely in the same way, as nearly so as it would 
be possible for a man to do. This was a most re- 
markably full illustration of Gospel measuring. 
And to be sure that it was not an exceptional case, 
we went to other grain-dealing houses, and all the 
measuring was done in exactly the same way. It 
seems to be a slow and tedious process, but time, 
with this people, is no object; so it is in everything 
they do. The old way and the slow way is the 
best way, and in all of their operations, in tabor 
id utensils, we have, to-day, a duplication of 
thousands of years ago. 

We would yet like to tell you about the scores 
of money-changers sitting, with their boxes of 
change, all along the streets, of the scribes, with 
their pens and pen cases, well supplied with ink, 
and how they, with hundreds of others, ply their 
trade, but we must stop along this line, with these 
few glimpses from among the strange, curious, 
and, to us, ridiculous scenes that are to be wit- 
nessed every day in the streets and bazaars of Je- 
rusalem. H. 11. B. 




Armenia, could I die for thee, 

And by my death thy life redeem 
From cruelty and slavery, 

How sweet that death to me would seem! 
'Twould be like an entrancing dream, 

Where one from darkness to the light 
Is floated on some placid stream, 

And bids farewell for aye to night. 
And yet for thee my heart doth bleed 

As I behold thy sons expire, 
Thy homeless children in their need, 

The victims of a fate most dire, 
As o'er thee sweeps the lurid fire, 

Reducing all to ashes gray, 
And leaving nothing to admire 

Of that which once was fair as day. 
My heart doth bleed — 'tis not of stone; 

And yet were it of stone 'twould break 
As o'er the sea there comes a moan 

That should the very dead awake 
And cause to shudder for the sake 

Of those who suffer at the hands 
Of beasts whose thirsty jaws they slake 

With blood upon the desert sands. 
My heart doth bleed; I taste the woe 

Once tasted in Gethsemane 
By him who suffered for us so— 

By him who died on Calvary. 
Ah, surely his dear eyes do see, 

And his dear heart is pierced again 
While gazing on thy agony, 

While listening to thy cries of pain. 
Armenia, oh, could one poor life 

Be given for thee, thy wounds to heal, 
To save thee in this awful strife, 

To shield thee from the cruel steel 
That lays thee low, to bring thee weal, 

Yea, blessings boundless and divine, 
Before the throne of heaven I'd kneel 

And pray, " Oh, God, let it be mine! " 

-George W. Cro/ts, in the Inter Ocean, 



We are told in the Sacred Oracles that God is a 
God of order, and everywhere in the realm of nat- 
ure where the blighting touch of sin has not 
marred this beautiful harmony, do we see, this truth 

In church, in state, or in the family, thei 
: an acknowledged head. Without thi: 
could be no order, no law. In I Cor. 11, Paul uses 
several arguments to show that it was the design of 
God in the creation that this headship be vested in 
man. One reason given by the apostle, is the pri- 
ority of man in the creation; another reason given 
by our apostle is that man is the image and glory 
of God, the noblest and grandest of his workman- 
ship. He is to stand forth, as the representative of 
God on earth, to govern, to subdue, to utilize all 
animate or inanimate nature. But in all the world, 
no fitting companion was found for man, none with 
whom he could converse. He was alone and at a 
vast distance intellectually from the animal world 
around him. 

God then made him an help-meet, a companion, 
one intellectually his equal, one to share his joys 
and his labors. He made him one with whom he 
could freely converse, and with whom he could 
constantly associate, but her position was to be re- 
tiring; he to go forth in his manly strength and 
vigor, to face the world, she to be the companion, 
the solace, the strength of his retirement. In the 
retirement of the home she was to appear to best 
advantage. This was to be her native element,— 
her true sphere. Nature provided her with a beau- 
tiful covering, her long hair, to fall gracefully 
around her, and envelop her as a veil. This betok- 
ened her true position,— that of retirement. 

But woman,— poor, defenseless woman, — how she 
was made to feel the effects of the fall! Man, in- 
stead of being her protector, and her defense, be- 
came her enemy, and, instead of being his com- 
panion and helpmeet, she became his slave, his 
drudge. Instead of being the queen of the home, 
she became the beast of burden. The hardest and 
most menial labor was required at her hands. No 
work was too hard for her; no indignity too great 
to be heaped upon her. And as the race plunged 
deeper and deeper into the darkness of paganism, 
and departed farther and farther from God, woman 
sank lower and lower; her true position less under- 
stood, and her rights less respected, until her tlegra- , 
dation was complete. 

At length dcliveranee came to this most wronged 
and hapless being. Amid the hills of Judea an ob- 
scure maiden is made the honored instrument of 
giving to the world the Savior through whom re- 
demption is offered to the fallen race. The whole 
sisterhood of humanity may indeed join in the glad 
refrain of the holy virgin, " He hath regarded the 
low estate of his hand maiden." Woman had been 
the unfortunate instrument through whom sin came, 
and now, thanks be unto God for his unspeakable 
she has been made the happy instrument 
through whom deliverance is to come. Long ages 
had she suffered, not only the penalty that God 
had imposed upon her, but she had been spurned 
and most cruelly treated by man. 

Now she is to be uplifted from her sunken po- 
sition into the full sunlight of Gospel liberty. The 
apostle sounds this glad note of freedom in these 
words, " There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is 
neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor fe- 
male; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.' Thank 
God for the liberty purchased by the dear Redeem- 
er' Thou blessed Christ, well mayest thou say, " If 
the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be 
free indeed." 

Nowhere does woman have such perfect freedom 
as in the church of Jesus Christ; all the wonders of 
his grace are offered to her. All of the treasures of 
the knowledge of Christ Jesus are thrown open to 
her, so that now she has the privilege, equally with 
her'brothers, of knowing what is the riches of the 
glory of his inheritance in the saints. Her attain- 
ments in this branch of knowledge are only limited 
by the measure of her abilities to grasp those sa- 
cred truths. The fountain of Christ's divine love is 
also freely accessible to her. Ah, here she finds 
her home, her sweet rest. Here she finds some- 
thing to supply all her wants, to meet the deep 
yearnings of her heart. 

The religion of Jesus Christ not only reinstates 
her as queen of the home, from which position sin 


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dethroned her, but it elevates her to a position of 
great dignity in the Christian church, where she is 
man's equal in every way. Here all middle walls 
of partition are broken down and she may approach 
even to the mercy-scat. She may come into the 
presence chamber of Jehovah, and there plead her 
own cause. She may receive communications di- 
rectly from God through the medium of his Word 
and his Spirit. Perhaps this was not originally so. 
In I'aradise her knowledge of God seems to have 
come through the medium of her husband, and she 
is not only made the recipient of these favors, but 
she has been given the privilege of making known 
to others the unsearchable riches of Christ. 

The Word of God requires that she wear upon 
her head a badge or sign of the high honor that 
has been conferred upon her by the second Adam. 
Badges, as a mark of distinction, are common in 
the world, as the garter of the English knight, the 
golden fleece of the Spanish grandee, and the 
badges of different orders. As the long hair is the 
natural covering, and a sign of her subordinate po- 
sition in the realm of nature, and bespeaks for her 
the protection and consideration of man, even so 
the covering, enjoined by Paul in I Cor. 1 1 , be- 
- speaks the power and dignity conferred upon her 
by the great Head of the church. Her position 
there is not one of subordination, but of equality. 
The covering is to be worn as a sign of power. 
The apostle adds, " Because of the angels." What 
can he mean by this phrase? Of these holy beings, 
he, in Hebrews i: 14 asks, " Are they not all min- 
istering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who 
shall be heirs of salvation?" Is it not so, then, that 
those who wear this sacred badge may confidently 
expect the protection and comforting ministrations 
of these heaven-sent guardians? 

What ought it be? I do not know what kind of 
covering was in the mind of the apostle when he 
wrote concerning it. Some think he had in his 
mind the oriental veil, but I do not think so, for ' he 
veil worn by eastern ladies enveloped the whole 
person. The apostle does not require this; he only 
enjoins that the head be covered. I do not believe 
that such a covering as he requires was worn in his 
day, but he has something new, and to be worn for 
a new purpose in contemplation. It must be some- 
thing to cover the head, to fill that part of the 
apostle's requirement. It must be modest or unas- 
suming, to meet the requirement in 1 Tim. 2: 9. It 
must be worn as a prayer-covering, not as a pro- 
tection from the weather. Any covering fulfilling 
these conditions, will meet the demands of the Bi- 
ble. Our Brotherhood has adopted the plain cap, 
and as this, in every particular, fills the Bible re- 
quirement, we see no reason for objecting to it. 

When should it be worn? Paul says, " When she 
prayeth or prophesieth. When she engages in se- 
cret or public prayer. The word "prophecy" not 
only means to foretell future events, but it also 
means to explain Scripture, preaching or speaking 
to the church in public. 


Number Five. 

" For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin, 
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him "— -> 
Cor. y. 2!. 


It does not seem hard to get men to accept the 
idea of a partial substitute in Christ, but the idea 
of a complete substitute is foreign and almost in- 
comprehensible. It is so hard to just cut loose 
from everything and receive eternal life as a gift. 
Rom. 6: 23. When we get a substitute in temporal 
affairs, we understand the meaning of the word. 
Why are we so slow to comprehend it in spiritual 

Does not " substitute " mean one standing for 
another, in spiritual matters, as well as in tempor- 
al? "Christ died for the ungodly." Rom. 5:6. 
" God commendeth his love toward us, in that, 
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 

Rom. 5:8. Christ "was delivered for our offences 
and raised again for our justification." Rom. 4 
25. "Who his own self bare our sins in his own 
body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, 
should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes 
ye were healed." 1 Pet. 2: 24. 

" For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, 
the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to 
God, being put to death in the flesh, but quick- 
ened by the Spirit." 1 Pet. 3: 18. 

" Hereby perceive we the love of God, because 
he laid down his life for us." I John 3: 16. 

" Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried 
our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, 
smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wound- 
ed for our transgressions, he was bruised for 
our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was 
upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have 
turned every one to his own way; and the Lord 
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isa. 53: 

If Christ has suffered the penalty for our sins 
we can make no form of restitution or purchase, — 
no release. Restitution is already made, the pen- 
alty has already been paid, the release from sin 
has already been purchased. God stands recon- 
ciled by the blood of his own precious Son. Men 
talk about God becoming reconciled to the sin- 
ner. This is wrong. God is fully reconciled, God 
is fully satisfied; the penalty for sin is fully paid. 
The sinner needs to be reconciled to God and 
there is but one way by which this can be done. 
He must receive Christ as his substitute, the free 
gift of our dear loving Father. Christ stands as 
the equal to God, being without sin, holy, right- 
eous, pure, perfect and all-powerful. Man is im- 
pure, imperfect, unrighteous, unholy and without 
strength, having no power, hence could never re- 
deem himself from the curse of a broken law- 
could never pay the penalty of a single sin, even 
of his smallest sin; could never suffer out the 
righteous penalty of sin. 

Christ, being God's equal, can fully pay the 
penalty, can fully satisfy God's justice and present 
us spotless before God. God's children stand 
without sin, holy as God himself, because Christ is 
their substitute. 

God is the same 'to-day, yesterday and forever; 
he is no respecter of persons. One sin by our 
mother Eve, and that a very small one, brought 
all the suffering and death into the world that has 
ever been. 

If six thousand years have not blotted out the 
dreadful penalty of our sin, but rather augmented 
it, with its dreadful consequences, what will be- 
come of you, guilty of many sins, the smallest one 
as great as the sin of Eve? 

God deliver us from having to bear the penalty 
of even our smallest sins! May we bless God's 
holy name that he has given us a perfect sub- 
stitute, — Christ our righteousness. Moses having 
to bear the penalty of one sin, and that a very 
small one, being provoked to it by the murmuring 
multitudes, could not enter the promised land, 
though he earnestly desired and entreated for the 

So one sin is enough to keep us out of heaven, 
to send us to eternal night, if we must bear its 
penalty. Christ our sin bearer, we have a perfect 
ransom, we have a perfect, a complete substitute. 

Christ is a substitute in the sense of a sin-bear- 
er. He bears all our sins for us, fully pays the 
penalty of our every transgression, else we are 
eternally lost. If a single sin comes upon us, we 
cannot atone for it, hence must go down under 
the righteous penalty of an offended God. 

Christ is a substitute in the sense of a holy, 
perfect, righteous, sanctified being standing in our 
stead. God takes the measure of a Christian by 
taking the measure of his substitute— Christ. God 
takes the weight of a Christian by taking the 
weight of his substitute,— Christ. God computes 
the value of a Christian by computing the value 
of Christ, his substitute. 

God's' measure of a Christian's perfection,— of a 

Christian's righteousness, of a Christian's holiness 
of a Christian's sanctification is his measure of 
Christ,— the Christian's substitute. 

The Christian stands as holy, as perfect, as 
righteous as his substitute, Christ, which is as 
holy, as perfect, as righteous as God himself. 
" The Lord our righteousness," what more do we 
want, what more could we ask, or hope for, in 
this life, or in the life to come? 

If God be for us, who can be against us? He 
that spared not his own Son, but delivered him 
up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely 
give us all things? Who shall lay anything to 
the charge of God's elect? It is God that justi- 
fieth. Rom. 8: 31-33- 

In God's eyes whatever is done to the Christian 
is done to his substitute, Christ. " Verily I say 
unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of 
the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it 
unto me." Matt. 25: 40-45- 

Whenever a man does a kind deed to a Christian, 
speaks a kind word to him, or for him, he has done 
this to his substitute, Christ. 

In God's eyes whenever a man injures a Chris- 
tian by word, or deed, whenever he treats him un- 
kindly or turns coldly from him, or points the fin- 
ger of scorn at him, or makes a slighting remark 
about him, he does it not to him but to his substi- 
tute, Christ. 

The life of a Christian, in God's sight, is as pre- 
cious as the life of his substitute, Christ. Why 
should we fear to commit everything into God's 
hands? Why should we fear what men may say or 
do when we have God on our side? " We know 
that all things work together for good to them that 
love God." Rom. 8: 28. How can we withhold 
our love when he gives us such a precious substi- 

Christ Incarnate and man Crucified is the myste- 

Bridge-water, Va. 


Is the anointing in James 5: 14, 15, for the healing of the 
body or is it intended for the soul only? Please answer 
through Gospel Messenger and oblige. Neri Swihart. 

Anointing with oil was a sacred service under 
former dispensations. In general the service signi- 
fied consecration to God. See Gen. 28: 19. Jacob 
at Bethel, David in twenty-third Psalm. Mark 6: 
13 saj's that Christ's disciples did three things, (1) 
"Cast out many devils;" (2) anointed with oil 
many that were sick; " (3) " and healed them!' Mark 
does not say that they were healed by anointing; 
hence it is not safe for us to say so. They were 
doubtless healed by " the laying on of hands," the di- 
vinely appointed means for physical healing. 
Christ's words on this point are plain. " They 
shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." 
Christ employed the laying on of hands in recover- 
ing the sick again and again. See Matt. 9: 18; 
Mark 6: 5; Luke 4: 40, and their references. When 
" the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and 
bloody flux, .... Paul entered in and prayed, and 
laid his hands on him and healed him." Acts 28: 

The words of James 5: 14, are as follows, "Is 
any sick among you? let him call for the elders of 
the church; and let them pray over him, anointing 
him with oil in the name of the Lord." The results 
of this anointing, James says, are three: 

First, "The prayer of faith shall save the sick." 
the salvation that the Gospel secures and for which 
Christ came is the saving of the soul. It is true 
that Christ did many classes of work. He cleansed 
the temple, stilled the tempest, gave sight to the 
blind, healed the sick, etc., but these were mere 
auxiliaries in rendering his efforts efficient in sav- 
ing the world. 

Second, " The Lord shall raise him up." That is, 
raise the anointed sick up to new hopes, new assur- 
ances, etc. This would naturally follow the first 
result,— the assurance of being saved. That this 
"raising up" is not physical, is further made plain 

February 1, 1896. 

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up togeth- 

cedes each result he 
phatic word " shall' 
doubt or disappointr 
results'l have defi 
we can associate 

when we read that God " hath raised 
er and made us sit together in heavenly pL.„„ 
Christ Jesus." Eph. 2: 6. That is, he raised uY up 
in mind, hopes— in the prospects of the soul. 

Third. " If he have committed sins they shall 
be forgiven him." This result is but natural and 
consequent to the first result of being saved. That 
is, if a soul is saved, of course its sins are forgiven. 
They thus become the Lord's anointed. There are 
instances in which baptism, prayer, the Communion 
service, etc., have so benefited the sick, that they 
point back to these as the means of their recovery, 
yet their design is nowhere stated to be for the re- 
covery of the sick; but by God's blessing, through 
the mind the body may and often does receive ben- 
efit. The same result again and again has followed 
the anointing service. 

In Gospel Messenger, No. 40, Bro. D. L. Miller, 
in describing the noted healing waters of Lourdes, 
France, dedicated to the Pope, says, " The so- 
called cures may be accounted for by the powerful 
influence the mind exercises over the body, es- 
pecially when excited by religious enthusiasm." 
May not that same result follow the more enlight- 
ened, — follow Christians? The mind is an impor- 
tant factor in the recovery of the sick and in con- 
version. How many sick soldiers recovered during 
the war, and how many died, — all due to the state 
of the mind! 

Bro. Miller remarks further, of the waters of 
Lourdes, " Only the few are benefited, while the 
masses are doomed to disappointment." Does not 
about the same ratio exist to-day as to the number of 
the disappointed ones out of those who are anointed 
for physical healing? Remember that James pre- 
i with the strong, em- 
it forbids the idea of 
The clear, harmonious 
d the sick can control; hence 
vith those results the happy, 
bright word, " shall' 1 Physical healing may be con- 
trolled or it may not be. Hence the word "sltall" 
must, of necessity, drop out of the service. 

I have often been made happy to w tness the 
glorious results I have defined, almost universally 
following the anointing service, — to see the sick re- 
joice in the sure prospects of, their bright future. 
When persons are anointed for physical healing, 
and not healed, it is said to be due to their lack of 
faith. If there was not enough faith to benefit the 
physical body, was there enough faith to benefit 
the soul? If the visible got no benefit, where is the 
assurance that the invisible was benefited, — that 
the soul was cleansed and sins pardoned? I see 
none,— no, none. To me this phase or view of 01 
subject looks dark and gloomy. We had bett 
trust to the plain words of Christ. The practice of 
the apostles and the simple teaching of James will 
make it all plain to us. "Purify your souls by 
obeying the truth," is the pass-word of the whole 
Christian system. Hence I close as I began, that 
the anointing in the Gospel implies consecration to 
God just as it did under the law. Its happy, con- 
soling effects often benefit the body as do other 
means of grace. I. J- Rosenberger. 

One of the blessed privileges of this life is the 
privilege of doing good to our kind— and it re- 
quires so little to make a man happy and command 
a reward. The giving of "a cup of cold water" 
will bless a suffering mortal and win the approval 
of our Lord. 

-hQUERISTS' » D jg^glJ'^IrZ^ 

Was John the Baptist ever baptized? If so, by whom? 

W. F. Burnett. 

John the Baptist was not baptized. He was sent 
from God, and needed no baptism. From his 
birth he was full of the Holy Ghost, and did no 
wrong, and for that reason also needed not bap- 
tism. Neither would Jesus have needed to submit 
to the rite for the same reasons, but being the head 
and foundation of the church, it was becoming for 
him to set a proper example for his followers. 

What is meant in Matt. y. 6. where it says: " Blessed are 
they that hunger and thirst afler righteousness, (or they shall 
be rilled"? When shall they he filled? II II. Si-angler. 

Happy is the one who lon 5 s to be fed on holy 
things, the Bread of Life, and thirsts after the Water 
of Life. There is a chance for the Lord to satisfy 
the wants of such a person, and his soul will be 
filled both in this life, and that which is to come. 
He will receive his daily supply of the Bread and 
Water of Life here, as well as what he needs in the 
home beyond. 

We would like an explanation of Luke 2y. 42, 43: " And he 
said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou contest into 
thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him. Verily I say unto Ihee, 
To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise." There is an inter- 
val of forty-three days from the time of Christ's crucifixion 
until his ascension. Where was he during this time? 

D. C. Z. 

While his body was in the grave the spirit of 
Jesus is presumed to have been in the abode of dis- 
embodied spirits, preaching to the spirits in pris- 
on. 1 Pet. 3: 19. After his resurrection he was 
more or less with his disciples until his ascension, 
" Being seen of bjjem forty days, and speaking of 
the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." 
Acts I: 3. 

Was the manna that fell from heaven in the wilderness for 
the children of Israel for their temporal wants only? If so, 
were their spiritual wants supplied? and ill what way? 

A. E. W haver. 

The primary design of the manna in the wilder- 
ness, as well as the quails, was to supply the tem- 
poral needs of the people. Those capable of see- 
ing the hand of God in such manifestations were 
spiritually nourished thereby, though that may not 
have been the primary object. The spiritual wants 
of the people were supplied by the teachings re- 
ceived at the hands of their instructors, by obeying 
the commands of the Lord, and by the influences 
growing out of the tabernacle services. All their 
rites and ceremonies had spiritual imports and on 
these the souls of the more spiritual feed." Most of 
these people, however, were so carnal that it was 
difficult for them to obtain spiritual food from any- 

Please explain Numbers 8: 7: "Sprinkle water of purifying 
upon them." Was it pure water, or was there something 
mixed with it? J. S. Zimmerman. 

In Numbers 19: 9, 17, 18 we are told that the 
water of purification was prepared by mixing 
with it ashes of a burnt heifer. The simple element 
water was never sprinkled on anything for ceremo- 
nial purposes. Allow us to refer you to Wilson's 
" History of Sprinkling," price, fifty cents. It may 
be ordered from this office. J. H. m. 


THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.— Luke 6: 41-49. 

{Lesson for Feb. g. . 

of last 

Time.— A. D. 28, not long after the ti 

Place. — The Sermon on the Mount, was deliv- 
ered, according to tradition, on a mountain summit 
called "the Horns of Hattin," west of the Sea of 

Person.— Christ, the preacher of this great ser- 

Introductory. — After the display of the power 
of Jesus, as described in our last lesson, Matthew 
was called from the receipt of custom to become 
the disciple of our Lord. Then the Master went 
again to Jerusalem, attended the passover, the sec- 
ond since the beginning of his public ministry, and 
while there healed the infirm man at the Pool of 
Bethesda, and on their return the disciples plucked 
the ears of corn in the field. As he continued his 
journey northward, performing mirar-les, his fame 
spread widely throughout Galilee. Shortly before 
the time of this lesson he chose the twelve apostles 
to go forth and preach as his special representa- 


1. Judging others. This is an easy thing to do; 
that is, it seems so easy and natural to behold " the 

mote that is in thy brother's eye." It is impossible 
to rightly judge another, and the Scriptures nowhere 
teach that we should be mote hunters in other's 
eyes, and yet how diligent a great many are in look- 
ing for and talking about motes in other people's 
eyes. Go where you will, and there is scarce a com- 
munity or a family in which you may long remain 
without being entertained by an eloquent and ear- 
nest recital of somebody's faults. We misconstrue 
the motives of our neighbors and magnify their 
motes into beams and even see motes where there 
are none, and feast our minds and the minds of our 
children and friends upon these corrupt and unsight- 
ly things until the only wonder is that any spiritual 
life could remain in us. It is not a bad thing to be 
a fault-finder so long as we can content ourselves 
with finding our own faults. But great evil comes 
to ourselves and others by giving too much atten- 
tion to faults not our own. 

2. Judging ourselves. To judge ourselves is much 
more easy than to judge others, and yet much more 
difficult. That is, while ourselves are the only ones 
we can rightly mdjustfy judge, yet to do so is usual- 
ly a very irksome and unpleasant Lask. As to pos- 
sibility it is easy; as to desirability it is difficult. 
The beams that arc in our own eyes we so much 
prefer not to see. And yet how much belter it 
would be for us if we were more diligent in our 
search for our own faults. The first thing neces- 
sary to the correction of the weaknesses and incon- 
sistencies of our lives and the removal of the beams 
that are in our eyes is that we see them. Then, why 
is it that thou " perceivest not the beam that is in 
thine own eye? " Our Lord in this lesson brands as 
hypocrites those who are less exacting of their own 
lives than of those of others. Let us look more 
diligently into our own hearts, for until we have 
done our duty to ourselves wc arc not lit to criti- 
cise the conduct of others. a. 


*' Every tree is known by his own fruit." IvSs v 
not our attitude to the faults of others that decides 
our character, but our attitude to our own. It is 
how much and how good fruit we ourselves bear 
and not how little or how poor others bear, that is 
to decide the question for or against us. We may 
talk long and loud of how much we admire piety 
and despise moral littleness in others, but the Lord 
requires something deeper and more real than such 
pretensions as these. It is by our fruits, our lives, 
our conduct, our doing and being before men, that 
we are to be known. We may even act hypocrisy 
for a time and deceive many, but the sum total of 
our lives will finally show to those about us, wheth- 
er the motive that has brought forth the actions, 
the tree that has borne the fruit, is good or bad. 


I. Hearing and doing not. Seeing that the tree is 
to be known by its fruits and not Its flowers, that a 
man is to be judged by his deeds and not by his 
words, " why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the 
things which I say?" O we are so slow to learn 
the lesson of the necessity of not only paying re- 
spectful attention to the word of the Lord, but 
heartily and believingly accepting and promptly 
and diligently obeying what the Lord tells us to 
do. It is a pity that so many thousands should go 
on in the delusion that they are finally to be ac- 
cepted and rewarded for their hearing and saying, 
without their accepting and obeying; for to those 
who shall thus finally come to the Lord of all the 
earth with their eloquent but empty professions 
will he declare, as he turns them away, " I never 
knew you." 

3. Hearing and doing. To hear and to do is to 
stand upon a sure foundation. He who in true pur- 
pose of heart endeavors to obey the Lord in every 
jot and tittle of his Word has the foundations of his 
house laid upon the everlasting Rock of Ages. 
Would we occupy safe ground? Would we take a 
position which the Lord himself has pronounced 
secure? Then let us be as one who heareth these 

ayings of Christ's and doeth them. 

James M. Neff. 
Fndtdale, Ala. 



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IN the old days God sent his angels oft 

To men in threshing floors, to women pressed 
With daily tasks; they came to tent and croft, 

And whispered words of blessing and of rest. 
Not mine to guess what shape those angels wore, 

Nor tell what voice they spolce, nor with what grace 
They brought the dear love down that evermore 

Makes lowliest souls its best abiding place. 
Hut in these days I know my angels well; 

They brush my garments on the common way, 
They take my hand, and very softly tell 

Some bit of comfort in the waning day. 

/ And tho' their angel names I do not ken, 

* Tho' in their faces human want I read, 

They are God-given to this world of men, 

God-sent to bless it in its hours of need. 
Child, mother, dearest wife, brave hearts that take 

The rough and bitter cross, and help us bear 
Its heavy weight when strength is like to break, 

God bless you each, our angels unaware. 

— Margaret E. Sangster, in The Independent. 

but they are simply exceptions to the facts I ha 
enumerated. Hence the rule still remains t 

The time is approaching when schools will be 
organized or reorganized for the summer. Differ- 
ent methods have been adopted in choosing the 
leading officers of the school. With some, the 
church chooses them, while others allow the school 
to choose them. To me it does not seem proper 
for the church to choose the officers of a Sunday 
school. While the school, unaided, is often not 
competent to make such choice, yet it is but right 
that schools, like all other similar bodies, should 
have the right to choose their own officers. Hence 
a safe and a satisfactory method to choose the 
leading officers, adopted by many schools, is for 
the church in council to select two or three can- 
didates for each office, and then allow the school 
to elect her officers from the candidates named. 
This method allows all the children to have a voice 
in the choice for their officers, which is but right 
and due them. In this method the church takes 
control, yet allows the school to do the work. 

[Another excellent way is to let the school 
select its own officers, and then have the church 
afterwards confirm the election. This throws all 
the needed safeguard about the school. — Ed.] 





A very large majority of our Sunday schools 
use the Inlernational Lessons. I advise all schools 
with which I meet to use those lessons for the 
following reasons: 

1. The only successful method of Bible study 
is by topic. The International Lessons are chosen 
on a line of topics; that is, each succeeding lesson 
is chosen so that it has some connection with the 
preceding. There are but few ministers who study 
their Bibles by beginning at Genesis and continu- 
ing to Revelation. They take up a subject, say, 
" Faith," and then proceed to collect what the 
different inspired writers say on that subject. 

By this method alone can Bible students get 
information that is clear. Teachers ought to pur- 
sue the same method with their classes in Sunday 
school. This can alone be done by adopting the 
International Lessons or the International System. 

2. All successful preachers and teachers feel the 
need of some helps to fit them in giving clear in- 
struction. Schools that adopt the International 
Lessons can easily provide their teachers with 
some help, such as quarterlies or Sunday School 
Notes, in some weekly paper, or in a bound vol- 
ume. A teacher that prepares his lesson with 
some help, can stand before his class and teach 
the pupils intelligently. Teachers who will thus 
show themselves, " approved, rightly dividing the 
Word of Truth," will be important factors in raising 
their school to a point of general interest. Re- 
member, teachers are the master factors in all 
Sunday schools. It is true some teachers and 
preachers are blessed with talents that fit them 
for their work without the help I have named, 

Mexico is a Catholic country. There are a few 
Protestants there, and there are several successful 
missions that have done a great deal of good, and 
are widening their sphere of influence year by 
year, but out of a population of twelve millions, 
there are said to be only about sixteen thousand 
Protestants, and they are scattered around through 
the larger cities. Before the Law of Reform that 
broke the temporal power of the Catholic church 
Protestants were not allowed at all, and the writer 
has frequently been on the ground where they 
burned them after a so-called trial and conviction. 

The one thing that strikes a visitor to Mexico 
is the vast number of Catholic churches, and 
wherever there is a little hamlet there is a church. 
There are some of them very interesting, and there 
is not one that will not repay a visit. There is 
no trouble in going all through them, about the 
only condition being that cigars must be thrown 
away, a church being the only place in Mexico 
where you cannot smoke, and you must take your 
hat off and behave yourself generally. It is good 
sense if you see what you do not approve of to 
keep your opinions to yourself as a wise, pre- 
cautionary measure. 

Some of these churches are very rich in adorn- 
ment. In one of them is a solid silver altar rail- 
ing that weighs twenty-six tons, — torts, remember, 
— and there are paintings and other articles worth 
a king's ransom. There is a continual clangor of 
bells, and something seems to be going on in some 
of them all the time. Let us walk into the great 
cathedral of Mexico. We must step over the hor- 
rible beggars that infest the immediate exterior 
and the doorway, nnd we enter undisturbed. This 
building cost several millions of dollars, and oc- 
cupies the very site of the old Aztec temple that 
Cortez destroyed, and it is the greatest religious 
center of Mexico. The building is magnificent in 
its proportions and its adornment, but one of the 
strange things noted is that the floor is of common 
plank. Why I never learned, except that wood 
is scarcer in the country than stone. 

It is not one great empty building, but is cut 
up into chapels and there are few seats. Wor- 
shipers are everywhere on the floors, kneeling 
on the planks, the wild Indian and the richest 
lady of the city are side by side. People are com- 
ing and going all the time and it is a fact that I 
would rather not say, but a fact all the same, that 
you can have your pocket picked with the greatest 
ease and facility while you are in the church. The 
thief may be a Catholic, but he will relieve you 

of your valuables all right enough if you give him 
a chance. 

At the right times you can hear some splendid 
instrumental music, and see many strange sights. 
Mexico is a country of miracles, and at Guadaloupe 
(Wad da-loop-ee), a considerable town about three 
miles out, is where the Virgin Mary appeared to 
an Indian a long time ago, and, not to take up 
the time with the story, left her picture on his 
blanket. The picture is in a frame of gold, and 
Our Lady of Guadaloupe is the patron saint of the 
Indians. There are two Ladies in Mexico, the 
other being Our Lady of Remedies. When the 
Indians ran Cortez out of their city and nearly 
wiped out the Spanish robbers, he got out of a 
soldier's knapsack a broken-nosed child's doll and 
called it Our Lady of Remedies. Then when the 
Spanish lost control of the government the Lady 
of Remedies was set aside for Our Lady of Guada- 
loupe, who is the uppermost Lady just now. There 
is a Latin legend on the picture of Our Lady of 
Guadaloupe, " She has not done likewise to all 
the nations," and they tell a story of two men 
looking at the picture, and one of them being 
asked what the inscription meant said that a free 
translation was that she never saw such a pack 
of fools in all her life. Do the natives believe 
in the story? Emphatically they do, to the last 
man and woman of them. I do not think that 
there is a Catholic house in all Mexico that has 
not one of the many millions of her pictures, 
made in all sizes, from a postage stamp up to the 
full size of the image on the blanket. 

On the anniversary of her appearance to the 
Indian, Juan Diego, thousands of Indians come 
to the city and camp around the church at Guada- 
loupe, and a visit to the church then is most 
interesting. The writer was told that it was not 
safe to go there at that time, but he went all the 
same, and what he saw was very interesting. It 
will be remembered that Our Lady of Guadaloupe 
is an Indian effort, and that is why the time and 
image is held in such repute. The natives were 
lying around by the thousands, and in the church 
itself were very peculiar ceremonies. The whole 
surroundings presented more the aspect of a pagan 
festival than that of a Christian religious observ- 

Outside gambling-booths, restaurants, and all 
the catch-penny contrivances of a fertile Indian 
population are in full blast. The visitors are cook- 
ing, eating, gambling, and every act in human life 
has no attempt at secrecy or privacy. Strange 
music is going on at all times, and occasionally 
there is a peal from the organ, while from over- 
head the clanging of the bells is heard at all times. 

Without the church a party was dancing one 
of the strange Indian dances to native music, and 
the dress of the participants was of the oddest 
description of masqueraders. Within the building 
were crowds of worshipers, kneeling with eyes 
fixed on the image of Our Lady, and every evi- 
dence of intense devotion. After half an hour or 
so they backed out of the church, bowing low at 
every step, and their places were taken by others 
who went through the same performance. Some 
of the participants had tramped for a thousand 
miles to attend this great annual feast or festival 
of the church. Eight days after the Indians had 
held their religious observance the beauty and 
wealth of the capital took their turn at the idolatry. 

A volume could be written on the religious 
aspect of affairs in Mexico, but enough has been 
said to give an idea of the situation, and it will 
be a long time until it is bettered. 

Lcwisburgh, Pa. 

There is too much selfish enjoyment among 
Christians. Many accept the Gospel because they 
take it to be a personal appeal for personal ends, 
overlooking the fact that while it proposes good it 
also binds the receiver to communicate good to 
others. To this oversight is largely due the slow 
coming of the Savior's kingdom. There will be an 
acceleration when all men have abetter understand- 
ing of the truth. 

February 1, 18 



General Missionary Tract Department 

E. EbV, Chairman fiooth ^ 

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• tell I 

For in its sweet unfolding 

My Savior's love I see. 
They say at any moment 

The Lord of lite may come 
To lift me from the cloudland 

Into the light of home. 
They say I have no warning, 

I may not even hear 
The rustle of his garments 

As he softly draweth near. 
Suddenly, in a moment, 

Upon my ear may fall 
The summons, loved of our Master, 

" Answer the Master's call." - 
Perhaps he will come in the noontide 

Of some bright, sunny day, 
When, with my dear ones all around me, 

My life seems bright and gay. 
Pleasant must be the pathway, 

Easy the shining road, 
Up from the dimmer sunlight 

Into the light of God. 
Perhaps he will come in the still 

Of the mild and quiet night, 
When the earth is calmly sleeping 

'Neath the moonbeams' silvery light; 
When the stars are softly shining 

O'er the slumbering land and sea, 
Perhaps in the holy stillness 

The Master will come for me. 

— Dr. Horatio Bonar. 


Many persons pass through the world without do- 
ing much thinking for themselves, but accept what 
others say and do as being correct. The condition 
of people under the Catholic yoke is a marked in- 
stance of this. The same is largely true with pro- 
fessing Christians among Protestants, as a great 
many belong to a denomination simply because 
their parents did, and do not read the Scriptures for 
themselves. This is true in all churches. 

In No. 47, 1895, the editor, in a note on a certain 
subject, says, "We need more preaching and still 
more careful thinking along this line." We, as a 
church, have no field of work requiring more good, 
hard thinking than our city work. In order to get 
the greatest benefit from hard thinking on any line, 
experience is necessary, and nowhere is this more 
true than in city work. 

I have often heard the remark that brethren who 
will go into city work and make a success of it will 
be targets for some years to come, because of the 
fact that in city work different plans and methods 
must be used and some that are very likely to be 
criticized by those who have had no experience in 
the work. 

In talking this matter over with a brother of con- 
siderable prominence and ability, some time ago, 
the remark was made by him that he had been 
urged to take up the work in a certain city, and 
said that one great reason why he hesitated was the 
fact as above stated. 

This made me think a great deal since. May it 
not be possible that there are other talented breth- 
ren thinkers in our neighborhood who feel just as 
that brother felt,— brethren who are of a disposition 
to make a success of whatever they undertake, yet 
fear that in city work they may find the conditions 
so different from what they are in the country, 
that, by the time they work in it awhile, they may 
be classed as " rather fast," " not sound in faith, 

etc. It is important that a man look well to his 
reputation, as thereby his influence for good is 
largely measured, and yet, in a work so important 
as our city work, a man should look at the need 
and go forth trusting in God for success and repu- 
tation. In doing this work men are needed who 
are broad-minded enough to see things as they are, 
with good judgment, to meet the conditions, yet 
not of a disposition to take things into their own 
hands regardless of the ruling of our Brotherhood. 
Although we have been, for some years, directly in 
the city work, the more we meet the problems face 
to face, the more I am compelled to think. In my 
thinking I suppose I have arrived at the same con- 
clusion that others have, that there is something 
wrong somewhere, but what it is, is the question. 
Probably the best way to determine this is by ob- 
taining more and more experience in the work, and. 
the exchange of opinions and experiences of those 
who are in the work. 

Considering the fact that we have now quite a 
number of cities, in which are found workers of ex- 
perience, I am impressed with the importance of a 
meeting at Annual Meeting, of such persons and 
others specially interested in city work, if it could 
be satisfactorily arranged. Such a meeting held at 
each Annual Meeting would no doubt result in 
much good and be a means of advancing the work 
very materially. 

Topeka, /Cans. 


A physician in Ohio had a number of patients 
to whom he gave bread-pills with the same results 
as ordinary pills. He gave others a little flour in- 
stead of the usual dose of powders, with the same 
beneficial results following. The sick had faith 
in the physician, and they believed the potion 
given would produce the desired results, and it did. 

A lady in the East was afflicted with neuralgia 
in the head and face. A certain physician pre- 
scribed a remedy. She had confidence in her 
physician, and the liniment, accordingly, gave the 
desired relief. She k'pt the medicine within easy 
reach of her couch, so that, when an attack of 
neuralgia came on during the night, she could ap- 
ply her favorite remedy. One night, by mistake, 
she got hold of the ink-bottle and unconsciously 
applied the ink to the side of her face with the 
same benefit as if it had been her favorite liniment. 

From the age of the patriarch Jacob to the 
present day, the human mind has, in numerous 
instances, been misled by the unreal, with the 
same effects following as if it were real. 

All ailments that may be treated by faith cure 
are such as come under the control of the mind. 
The sick may throw off such ailments, and rise 
from such sickness by a healthy exercise of will 
power. The mind asserts its power over the 
functions of the body, the vital force moves on 
and all obstructions to a healthy action in the cir- 
culation are removed. To pass off such cures as 
come within the realm of physiological law, on 
the credulity of the public mind, as evidences of 
divine healing and miraculous faith cures, carries 
with it an element of deception. "Take heed that 
no man deceive you." 

The cures of the Bible stand out in the sunlight 
of Truth. Each case has a divine side. Our 
Savior did not seek popularity in healing the sick. 
He did not follow it as a profession. The supreme 
object of his mission on earth was " to seek and 
to =ave that which was lost." Our Lord sends 
out his disciples to preach the Gospel and to heal 
the sick, the latter work as well as the former 
being subordinated to the teachings o'f divine law. 
The anointing of the sick with oil in the name 
of the Lord (Jas. 5:14), has been bequeathed 
to the church as a means of grace and healing 
peculiarly her own, and the means, and aims, and 
results, are divine and far reaching as the Gospel 

itself. . ,. 

A failure on the part of any one to receive the 
full measure of the benefit in the anointing, is an 

evidence of a lack of a full measure of faith in 
the anointing itself, or in the human instrumentali- 
ties employed in the service. 

Should such a one apply to a noted faith cure 
doctor for special prayer for the healing of his 
ailment, and should he write to others of his 
friends, in whom he had confidence, to make spe- 
cial prayer at a set time, and should he be accord- 
ingly relieved of his ailment, it would simply show 
that he had more faith in the reputation of the 
agencies employed than he had in the divine plan. 
The virtue of such work grows out of its novelty. 
God's glorious sun rises each day and moves in 
its western course across the sky, illuminating our 
dark world, giving life and heat to all, yet it has 
become so common an occurrence that it excites 
no attention, whilst a blazing meteor in its flitting, 
fleeting course athwart the sky, is an object of in- 
tense interest. 

" Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be 
horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the 
Lord. For my people have committed two evils; 
they have forsaken me, the fountain of living wa- 
ters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, 
that can hold no water." Jcr. 2: 12, 13. 

Broadwtiy, Va. 


One of our earnest ministers is making a special 
effort to get the Messenger into every family in 
his congregation this year. Here is what he has to 
say about his work: 

" Some of our brethren claim that the price of 
the Messenger i? too high, and that they cannot 
afford to pay for it. They maintain that the politi- 
cal papers are not so expensive, by one-half to one- 
third. Of course they love politics more than 
they love the good news from the churches, and 
the wholesome lessons found in the Messenger. 
We can see a difference in those who take an inter- 
est in the Messenger and those who do not. 
Those who do not take the paper are on the back- 
ground in church work, as well as in their Christian 
warfare. They are no earnest and zealous workers 
in the church and their children become uncon- 
cerned about the church and wander away from 
that which is just and right. Then those very par- 
ents become concerned about the eternal welfare of 
their offspring, and call on us ministers to come 
and visit their children and talk to them about 
their eternal welfare. Children will often turn 
around to us and say, ' Father and mother don't 
lake much interest in the church and do not live as 
they should.' They say, 'There is our neighbor 
A. He takes the Gospel Messenger, and he is 
much concerned about the church and always 
knows all that is going on in the church, and even 
his children know something of the work of the 
church, while we are ignorant about the work of the 
church, since father does not take the Gospel Mes- 
senger.' This year I made a special effort to get 
subscribers for the Gospel Messenger in my visits 
among the churches, and through my influence you 
got new subscribers." 


We wish here to state that political papers can be 
published at a smaller subscription price than re- 
ligious journals, for the reason that they are sus- 
tained by their respective parties, and have a con- 
siderable income over and above the large sums re- 
ceived for advertisements. Were they to depend 
upon money received for subscriptions alone, the 
most of them would be bankrupted before the close 
of the present year. We are willing for the Mes- 
senger to be compared, in price and contents, with 
any of the religious papers in America, but please 
do not compare it with the political journals.— Ed. 

St. Paul as a teacher is as truly of to-day as 
when he wrote his epistles to the churches, else he 
was not inspired to write. Every effort to relegate 
him to the ranks of out-of-date leaders only shows 
that those who make the effort are not in sympa- 
thy with his teachings. 



February 1, 1896. 

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Ten accessions are reported at Oak Grove, Mo. 

A series of meetings, just closed at Mansfield, 
Illinois, resulted in nine applicants for baptism 
and one reclaimed. 

We learn that Bro. A. L. Snowberger, of Ne 
ton, Kans., has returned to Wichita, Kans., mu 
to the joy of the members in that city. 

Bro. Drr<sEY Hodgden has just closed an ex- 
cellent meeting in the Walnut church, Ind., with 
lh": teen accessions by confession and baptism. 

Bro. Henry E. Light recently held a series of 
meetings at the Zigler house, in the Little Swatara 
church, Pa., which resulted in sixteen accessions. 

There has of late been much rejoicing among 
the members of the Pine Creek church, Ind., on 
account of nineteen accessions,— fourteen by bap- 
tism and five reclaimed. 

A series of meetings, conducted by Bro. Peter 
Stuckman, at the Cedar Creek church, near Gar- 
rett, Ind., closed last Sunday, with twenty-two 
baptized and one applicant. 

Those who have renewed their subscriptions 
will please notice whether the date to the r'ght of 
their name has been changed. Should any mis- 
takes have been made, do not fail to notify us at 

SsS^We would like some one to send us the 
names and addresses of all the members who do 
not take the Messenger— tine from each family. 
We wish to send them a sample copy of the paper 
and also a catalogue of books. To any one who 
will send us a list of name=, as designated, we will 
mail a copy of the Brethren's Almanac for 1896. 
Let us have a report from every church! 

We have just published a new edition of " Doc- 
trine of the Brethren Defended." by Bro. R. H. 
Miller. It is one of the best defenses of the faith 
and practice of the Brethren in print, and should be 
widely read. It ought to be in the hands of all our 
ministers especially. Price, Si. 25. As an induce- 
ment to ministers to purchase the work for their 
own use, we make the price to them Si. 00. 

Bro. Christian Hope was with us over last 
day. He was on his way home from Deni 
having been absent for eight months. He re 
the churches in both Denmark and Sweden 
encouraging condition. A numlier were rec 
into fellowship while he was with them and tht 
look is hopeful. He preached for us on St 
evening and was listened to with more than 
nary interest. 




Bko. H. C Early has just closed a series of 
meetings at Jacksonville, Cumberland Co., Pa., 
with fourteen accessions to the church by confes- 
sion and baptism. 

Writing from Washington, Jan. 25, Bro. W. M. 
Lyon says: " I am glad to report that one more 
precious soul has been added to the fold here by 
baptism, and there are several more applicants. 
The Lord is blessing the work." 

We have on hand a number of marriage notices 
that should have appeared before this, but they 
were mislaid and will now appear in the next is- 
sue. Those who have written us will accept this 
explanation in answer to their inquiries. 

One of our Sunday schools in the West gave 
twenty-two dimes to as many boys and girls, tell- 
ing them to make out. of their dimes what they 
could in three months. As a result, these children 
handed in S6.50 for the India Mission. The broth- 
er who writes says the plan is to be repeated the 
coming summer. 

At the close of Bro. Hope's sermon in the chap- 
el last Sunday evening, one applied for baptism. 
. D. L. Forney is now with us, preaching each 
ling. He is accompanied by his wife, and in 
course of a few weeks will start for their mis- 
t point in Arkansas, making a short stop in 
them Illinois. 


The Annual Meeting of 1895, see Art. 2, did an 
ceedingly wise thing when she decided, respect- 
g city missions, that, in order that the ministers 
conducting such missions " may give the work 
their entire time and attention, it is necessary that 
they receive a reasonable support." In former de- 
cisions it had before decided that missionaries in 
other fields, who give their entire time and atten- 
tion to preaching the Gospel and building up con- 
gregations, should be entitled to a reasonable 
support. It will thus be seen that the Conference 
has seen proper to encourage the support of all 
those giving their entire time to mission work 
whether in cities or in the rural districts. 

This is right and just upon the part of both the 
church and the missionaries. We have among us 
but few men having sufficient means to support 
themselves and their families while they give all 
their attention and time to the work of the church, 
and most of them are too far advanced in years to 
endure the hardships of the mission field. We 
must therefore depend upon men for this work, 
who will have to be supported, and it is to be 
hoped that all of our churches will come up man- 
fully and sustain the different mission boards in 
their undertaking when they place evangelists in 
the field. It is according to the Gospel that these 
men should receive their support while they devote 
their whole time to the interest of the church. 
Not only so, but our Annual Conference has so 
urged it, and the different boards are acting with 
due authority when they employ the right kind of 
a man and entrust an important mission to him. 

Our free ministry in the rural districts and where 
we have plenty of ministers is a good thing. But 
our work in cities and the mission fields must be 
more or less sustained by the churches. To place 
the whole burden on the ministers, and let the 
whole church go free, is not just. We have strong 
and we have to compete with 
must hold the Gospel up where 
the people can see it. We must meet the false 
teachings of those who would oppose the pure 
Gospel, and teach the people what the whole Gos- 
pel is, and how it should be obeyed in all of its 
parts. To do this in the face of strong opposition 
requires time and much careful study. The op- 

That i 

posers of the whole Gospel work both week day 
and Sunday, and our ministers in the cities and in 
the mission fields must also work seven days in the 
week to meet and overcome this strong opposition. 
If other workers would give only one day in the 
week to adverse teaching, we could meet them with 
that amount of work. But such is not the case. 
True, we believe that the Lord is on our side, and 
for that reason, if for no other, we should work 
only the harder. 

Let us no more, therefore, flinch from duty in 
supporting the mission work, just because we are 
sustaining a number of men in the field. We have 
reached a time when it has become necessary to do 
so. At the same time let not those who can 
preach at their own expense slacken their ear- 
nest efforts. At least nine-tenths of our ministers 
are supporting themselves while preaching a pure 
Gospel. They are to be commended for their zeal 
and self-denial. God has blessed their labors in 
the past, and he will bless them in the future. 
They are making sacrifices of which the members, 
as a body, know but little, and it is only at the 
judgment that they can receive the true reward for 
the grand and far-reaching work that they are per- 
forming, j. h. M. 


Why should we not know each other in the fu- 
ture state? We certainly shall know Jesus, for we 
shall see him and converse with him. He is to be 
the bridegroom, and the saints the bride, and it 
would be passing strange if the bride should not 
be permitted to know the bridegroom in the mar- 
riage state. 

Then we shall know Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, 
for we are to sit down with them in the kingdom. 
That is, we will be permitted to enjoy their society 
in heaven. While in torments, in Hades, the rich 
man could recognize both Lazarus and Abraham 
though they were afar off. The redeemed in the 
future state will most assuredly be blessed with as 
much knowledge as the condemned. To know 
these will only pave the way for knowing others. 
Moses was called from the unseen state to appear 
on the Mount of Transfiguration, and he was rec- 
ognized. So was Elijah recognized on the same 
occasion, and that too, by men who were yet in 
the flesh. When this mortal coil shall be laid 
aside we will be in a position to employ the mind 
to even a better advantage than now. We shall 
also sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. There 
would be very little comfort in singing this song 
of these persons should we be in their presence 
all the while and yet not be able to recognize them. 

Each person will most assuredly know his own 
name in the coming kingdom, for our names shall 
be written in the Book of Life. Each one will cer- 
tainly be permitted to tell his name to another. 
This will open the way for recognizing those we 
meet, and also assist us in finding those we now 
know in this world. We will have memories there, 
and remember the things of the past, for the rich 
man was told to remember the good things he en- 
joyed in this life. Well, if one will be able to re- 
member his name in the future state, and will al- 
so be permitted to tell it to others, what .will there 
be in the way of finding and recognizing all of our 
dear friends that may be so fortunate as to reach 
the abode of the blest? 

Some one suggests that not to be able to find a 
particular friend in heaven would render the future 
life unhappy. Well, God has promised to wipe 
away all tears, and by this we understand that he 
is to remove all occasions for sorrow. Then let 
us so live as to make our calling and election sure 
and be in a condition to know and be known when 
we reach the Paradise of Godl j. h. m. 

February 1, 1896. 

Number Five. 


The traveler who crosses the Atlantic Ocean at 
this season of the year (December), supplies 
himself with heavy winter clothing, and makes 
every preparation to keep warm. He who jour- 
neys southward on the Red Sea and the Indian 
Ocean, bearing close down upon the Equator, and 
continues his journey to India, desires the best 
methods to keep cool. It seems odd enough to 
have a sweat pad under your hand to keep the 
perspiration off your paper while you write, in the 
midst of winter. Such was our experience on our 
southward journey. 

On the morning of Nov. 28, 1895, the Caledonia, 
with nearly five hundred passengers, steamed out 
of the southern end of the Suez Canal and entered 
one of the notable seas of the Bible, whose waters 
opened for the safe passage of God's people, and 
closed as quickly upon their cruel task-masters 
and pursuers, overthrowing and destroying the 
host of the King of Egypt. From the entrance 
of the Sea at Suez, to the Straits of Babelmandeb 
at Aden, where we enter the Arabian Sea and the 
Indian Ocean, the distance is in round numbers 
fourteen hundred miles. This is the greatest 
length of the Red Sea, whilst its extreme width 
does not exceed two hundred miles. This body 
of water is the division line between Asia and Af- 
rica, and, lying between two great deserts, the tem- 
perature is very high. Even in the winter months 
the mercury ranges as high as 100° in the shade. 
In midsummer the heat is simply frightful, and 
many who undertake the voyage at that season of 
the year are overcome by the intense heat, and 
are buried beneath the waves of the sea. Just a 
few months ago a shipload of French soldiers was 
returning homeward from Madagascar by this 
route, and some thirty of the poor fellows were 
overcome by the heat and were buried at sea. 

At Suez we have the place where the Israelites 
passed through the sea, and not far away are the 
fountains, or wells, of Moses. We visited this 
place three years ago in company with Bro. Lah- 
man. It is supposed by some to be the bittter 
waters of Marah where the Jews murmured, and 
they longed for the waters and fleshpots of Egypt. 
It is not a difficult matter to go back in the im- 
agination thirty-three hundred years, and people 
these shores with the escaping Israelites. Their 
slavery had been long continued and grievous to 
be borne, but at last their groanings and cries, 
forced from them by the severity of their bond- 
age and burdens, came up before God and were 
heard, and the time of their deliverance was come. 
In the full hope of blessed freedom, six hundred 
thousand men, able-bodied and strong, besides the 
old and young, the women and children, stood on 
yonder shore. They had thus far escaped from 
the land of bondage, and now they were shut in 
by mountain and sea. The Egyptian host pressed 
hard upon them, determined to receive their es- 
caping slaves and take them into bondage again. 
To the sons of Jacob came quick despondency, su- 
perseding their high hopes. When all human 
help failed the Lord opened the waters of the sea, 
and his people passed through. The way of es- 
cape became the way of destruction to their pur- 
suers. How these now silent shores and this 
dark, silent sea must have resounded on that spring 
day, so long ago, to the glad shouts of the victors, 
intermingled with the dying groans and curses 
of the drowning host! How the song of Moses, 
and the loud sounding timbrel in the hands of 
Miriam rang out over " Egypt's dark sea." For 
"Jehovah had triumphed and his people were free. 

But while we meditate on these scenes the ship 


passes on, and Suez, the wells of Moses, and the 
place of crossing are left far behind. Before mid- 
day we pass the insignificant Port of Tor, to which 
a line of small Egyptian steamers carry passen- 
gers who wish to visit Mt. Sinai and do not care 
to make the desert trip. From Tor Mt. Sinai can 
be reached with camels in two days, and the dan- 
gers and fatigue of the long desert route may be, 
in part, avoided. The Sinaitic range of mountains 
is in full sight from the ship, but the Mountain of 
the Law, which is thirty-seven miles away, is hid 
from view by the intervening hills. But it is in- 
teresting to have a close view of the range of 
mountains from one of the peaks of which, amidst 
fire and smoke, and thunders and lightnings, the 
law of God was given to Moses. It has long 
been one of our desires to visit Mt. Sinai, but it 
is not likely that we shall ever sec more of it 
than was visible from the deck of the Caledonia 
as we steamed down the Red Sea. 

The only other place on the Red Sea, of gen- 
eral interest, is the Port of Jiddah. Here the 
Mohammedans land on their great annual pilgrim- 
ages to Mecca, the birth-place of the false proph- 
et, which is sixty miles east. Jiddah has a popu- 
lation, including the small villages surrounding 
it, of about forty thousand. It has an interest pe- 
culiar to itself because it is one of the breeding 
places of the Asiatic cholera. Shipload after 
shipload of pilgrims are landed here from India 
and other parts of Asia. They bring with them 
the germs of the disease, and at Jiddah and Mecca 
it becomes epidemic. The returning pilgrims car 
ry with them the cholera germs to Egypt, Pales- 
tine, and Turkey in Europe, and as a result, an 
outbreak of the scourge occurs on the continent. 
It would be a good thing if the pilgrimages were 
either entirely prohibited, or else placed under 
such sanitary regulations as would prevent the 
cholera from being carried to all parts of the world. 

As we continue our journey southward nearing 
the Equator, the heat becomes intense, the mer- 
cury ranging from eighty-five degrees to ninety 
five degrees in our state-rooms. It is a difficult 
matter to keep cool. In the dining-room great 
fans or punkahs, as they are called, are swinging 
back and forth, making it more comfortable than 
it otherwise would be. We are now some two 
thousand miles south and eight thousand miles 
east of Chicago, and realize more than ever be- 
fore, that our planet is very large. While trav- 
eling with us, Bro. Bingaman told us of a boy who 
had left his home for the first time and had trav- 
eled a hundred miles westward. When he came 
home he had much to say about what he had seen, 
but was most impressed with the bigness of the 
earth. One day he expressed himself in these 
words, " I tell you, father, if the world is as large 
the other way as it is this, it's awful big." We 
have something of the same feeling; having trav- 
eled, at this writing, something like sixteen thou- 
sand miles since we left home, and having nearly 
as many more miles to travel before getting home 
again, we are impressed with the thought that the 
world is big. With the sense of the magnitude of 
the globe comes increased reverence for the Al- 
mighty Creator who made the heavens and the 
earth, and holds them in the hollow of his hand. 

On Sunday morning, Dec. 1, we cast anchor at 
Aden, the coaling station for steamers going to 
India. No sooner is the ship at rest than it is sur- 
rounded with small boats filled with men and 
boys whose only clothing is a piece of white cloth 
wrapped about the loins. These are the profes- 
sional divers of Aden. A dozen of them sprang 
nto the water shouting " Hab a dive, sir, hab a 
dive, sir? Throw in money, you plenty, me none." 
A dozen black heads are bobbing about in the wa- 
ter when a passenger throws a silver coin into the 
sea. At once the heads disappear and twenty- 1 


four feet flash upward in the air and then go down 
after the heads. For what seems to us a long 
time, all is silent, then one by one the divers come 
to the surface, while one, more fortunate than 
his fellows, holds the coveted piece of silver in 
his hand, shouting in triumph, " Me hab him, sir." 
Then the shouting is renewed and the same scene is 
enacted over and over again. The divers climb up 
the ropes and clamber over the rail of the ship, and 
then, like a shot, go down into the water thirty 
feet below. They dive down on one side of the 
ship and come up on the other, and as the Cale- 
donia draws twenty-four feet of water and is about 
sixty feet wide, it is not an easy feat to accomplish. 

The merchants of the town came on board the 
ship, offering for sale ostrich feathers and plumes, 
tiger and leopard skins, baskets of curious work- 
manship filled with the most beautiful sea shells, 
Arab spears and swords, with numberless trinkets 
of curious make and fine workmanship. These 
were pressed upon the passengers in the most 
persistent manner. The merchants were for the 
most part Jews, and they made every effort to sell 
their wares. The descendants of Jacob are scat- 
tered to the uttermost parts of the earth, and we 
never meet them in our travels without thinking 
how wonderlully the Lord has dealt with them, 
and how, in their dispersion the Scriptures arc so 
literally fulfilled. 

In a few hours we are off from Aden and pass- 
ing through the Straits. We took our course a 
little north of east for Bombay. A stiff breeze 
known to seamen as the northwest monsoon, was 
blowing, but this made the voyage very pleasant. 
Indeed the entire journey from Ismailia to Bom- 
bay, with the exception of the hot days and nights 
on the Red Sea, was all that could be desired. A 
good ship, smooth seas, a balmy breeze and good 
companionship fell to our lot all the way. 

On the morning of Dec. 5, at eleven o'clock, we 
entered the harbor of Bombay, and another of our 
long sea voyages was ended. We were much re- 
joiced to see Bro. Stover. He came on board the 
ship soon after we cast anchor. Knowing of his 
serious illness and having had no word from him 
for nearly a month, we were much concerned 
about his condition. But God raised him up and 
our meeting was one of much rejoicing. The In- 
dia sun has given Bro. Stover a brown face. With 
this exception, and the fact that his face showed 
the effects of illness, he looked just as he did when 
we last met at home. We are now at Bombay and 
are both enjoying excellent health. We have 
abundant reason to thank God for his goodness 
and watchful care over us. In a few days we shall 
go to Bulsar, where sisters Stover and Ryan are 
anxiously awaiting our coming. d. l. m. 


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February I, 1896. 


Not long since I read an able article written by 
Dr. Parkhurst. It stirred the spirit within me to 
write, and I have written, embodying some of the 
thoughts and ideas gleaned from the pen of the 
gifted writer. 

God pronounced the first marriage ceremony, 
and with it gave the first law of marriage. "There- 
fore shall a man leave his father and mother, 
and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be 
one flesh." The first bridal pair fully exemplified 
this law. "Bone of my bones, and flesh of my 
flesh" shows a mysterious spiritual union so sacred 
that Jesus Christ, in authoritative language, says of 
it, " What therefore God hath joined together, let 
no man put asunder." In every nuptial union the 
law of God is a prime factor. In the marriage tie 
is laid the foundation of the family, the church 
and the State. Destroy the first and the other 
two must go down. I am stating facts so patent 
that proof is not needed. Admit this, and further, 
that marriage is a divine inslitution ordained of 
God for the well-being of the human race, and the 
truth of my caption is settled. 

The danger that is staring us in the face is the 
gradual weakening of the marriage tie, and it is 
against this tendency that I write. The family 
first and the church second is God's order. De- 
stroy the family and its holy and sacred relation, 
and you destroy the foundations of society, dis- 
rupt the church and go back to barbarism. The 
importance of the family granted it follows that 
the marriage tie, in which the " foundations of the 
family are laid," should be regarded as a holy, sa- 
cred relation, too holy and sacred to be entered 
into thoughtlessly, or to be set aside by human 
authority. A recent writer has truthfully said, 
"The family structure will denote only so much 
in point of beauty, dignity and power as is de- 
noted by the marriage tie in which it is grounded. 
Whatever disturbs or menaces the foundation, dis- 
turbs or menaces all that those foundations are 
set to sustain." In other words, weaken the mar- 
riage tie and you weaken the foundation of all 
morality and of civilized society. 

Bro. Brumbaugh's rather severe characteriza- 
tion of Paris and the French people only shows 
in part the result of tampering with and weaken- 
ing the marriage tie. But one does not need to 
go to Paris for examples. Alas, they are much 
too prevalent at home! Easy divorce laws and 
the attitude of the Protestant churches is a strong 
menace to the nuptial bond, and to the home and 
family relation. "The indestructibility of the 
marriage tie" says Dr. Parkhurst, "is the only 
means by which there can be assured in us a sense 
of its holiness." The more frequently the tie is 
broken, the less sacred and holy it becomes. The 
divorce court breaks the tie, and the minister of the 
Gospel (?) stands ready to legalize adultery. And 
thus the path is made that will inevitably destroy 
home and family. In our own country the adul- 
tery which is condoned in Paris, is legalised and has 
the sanction of Church and State. 

Marriage is entered into at the whim or caprice 
of the parties. They soon quarrel, a divorce is 
obtained and the parties are married again, and 
the farce is repeated over and over, and they 
are, at the same lime, members in good standing in 
Protestant churches; not Roman Catholics. 

In Egypt, where I am now writing, polygamy 
obtains, and we are sending missionaries out to 
convert these heathen. Had we not better begin 
at home? Here the Mussulman may have two, 
three or four wives at the same time. At home 
the Christian (?) may have two, three or four at 
different times, changing from one to the other 
by easy divorce laws to suit the whim or rather 
the lust of the party or parties, and this has the 

sanction of the Christian ( ?) church. Both are 
adulterous. Christ says so and his followers should 
say so too. 

A prominent Protestant minister who has stud- 
id well this question, speaking of the retrogres- 
on of public sentiment, from the old time high 
standard of the marriage tie, says, "We clergy- 
men are in some measure responsible for this. 
We are often making marriage cheap by marry- 
ing over again people that had got tired of their 
former marriage. A preacher would have to de- 
liver a good many sermons from his pulpit on the 
sanctity of the home, to rub out the mischief he 
would do to the home by standing at the altar and 
making one, two people that had no business to 
be anything but two." 

Our own church, has up to this time, been kept 
comparatively pure and clean from this burning 
shame that rests like a huge blot on Protestant- 
ism. But it is well for us to inquire, What is the 
tendency to-day? Is it not in the direction of giving 
up our strong Bible grounds on this question? Is 
not the general looseness in which the marriage tie is 
held, gaining ground? May God pity us and help 
us to avert the threatened evil! D. L. M. 


I want to call attention to Bro. Enoch Eby's ar- 
ticle in Gospel Messenger, No. 53, last volume. 
At a certain point he says, " Let us all say, Amen! " 
I say, "Amen!" and I think all will. Then he 
adds: "Our Minute Book has enough in it to gov- 
ern the whole world, by Bible principles, if the 
members would only be subject to it. If not, more 
would do no good: therefore let every delegate at 
our next General Conference answer, " No papers" 

For my part, I would like to have many papers 
go to next General Conference, all asking the Con- 
ference to make it the duty of every State District, 
to elect one elder, from among the elders of their 
District, whose duty it shall be, to visit every local 
congregation in his District, at least once a year. 
He should spend a few days, preach, and visit at 
least as many of the officers as possible. He 
should hold a church council in each church, and 
set in order the things that are wanting, let it be or- 
daining or whatever may be needed. Let him call 
for assistance as he may need it. Let each congre- 
gation pay time and traveling expenses, or let the 
State District do so. 

I would like if another request would go to Gen- 
eral Conference of 1S96, by many, asking the Con- 
ference to make the answer of Article Three, of 
Minutes of 1889, a little stronger, saying, " It shall 
be the duty of elders and ministers, to see that 
each member in their congregation have at least 
one pastoral visit each year." The advice given by 
Conference has been almost universally disregard- 
ed. I claim it is one of the best decisions made by 
the General Conference for many years. I speak 
from experience. I tried it in my congregation, 
and I think it is better than a protracted meeting of 
several weeks. 

Is it strange, when even elders disregard a good 
advice, that private members should do the same 
'hing? Samuel Murray. 

Mexico, lnd. 


Bro. Murray feels that the above should go be- 
fore the public, and we are certain that it will be 
well read, and will give rise to considerable think- 
ing. His last suggestion is good, and if possible 
should be carried out by the elders, but in many in- 
stances the elders are too poor to spare the time 
required to perform the pastoral duty as they 
should, and for the want of proper teaching the 
members are not inclined to render the temporal 
assistance they should, so as to enable their house- 
keeper to devote more of his time to the care of 
the flock. And still very few elders are doing even 
what they can along this line. We are certain 
that if they would pay at least one fatherly visit to 

each family every year, it would be, as our aged 
brother says, worth as much to the church as a pro- 
tracted meeting. 

A presiding elder— if the right one happened to 
be appointed— might serve a good purpose in a 
few districts, where th« elders are dilatory, but as a 
general thing such an officer is not needed. But 
what we do need is a more active eldership, and 
resident elders in all the churches, where suitable 
material can be found of which to make them. 
The moving power of the Brethren church is in the 
eldership, and the more life and ability we can put 
into this the more our churches are going to pros- 
per. The man who can tell how to do this will 
solve the problem. If a presiding elder would do 
it, it might be wise to make the venture, but we 
have our doubts. A working elder, who can visit 
every member of his flock, as our brother says he 
did, and then have the members to assist him some 
temporally, will probably come as near solving 
the problem as any one thing we can name at 
this time. However, we would suggest that these 
two questions be discussed at some of our Minis- 
terial meetings. They are live subjects. ]. H. M. 

-— <# HOME * AND * FAMILY *~~- 


God never would send you the darkness 

If he thought you could bear the light; 

But you would not cling to his guiding hand 

If the way were always bright. 

And you would not care to walk by faith 

Could you always walk by sight. 

'Tis true he has many an anguish 

For your sorrowful heart to bear. 

And many a cruel thorn-crown 

For your tired head to wear. 

He knows how few would reach heaven at all. 

If pain did not guide them there. 

So he sends you the blinding darkness 

And the furnace of seven-fold heat; 

'Tis the only way, believe me, 

To keep you close to his feet, 

For 'tis always so easy to wander 

When our lives are glad and sweet. 

Then nestle your hand in the Father's 

And sing, if you can, as you go; 

Your song may cheer some one behind you 

Whose courage is sinking low 

And, well, if your lips do quiver, 

God will love you the better, so. 

— Selected. 



This is New Year's Day, and I have been won- 
dering how many of us are fully satisfied with our 
last year's work? Do we not see a higher plane 
ahead, — a field which has never been explored by 
us? And is it not among the possibilities for us? 
Seeing it thus, is it not the duty of eaoh of us to 
put forth our best efforts to attain unto it? There 
are several reasons why we should do so. 

1. Our relation to him who is ever ready to say, 
"Friend, go up higher." When we consider how 
much he has done for us, and that it is his good- 
ness that leads men and women to repentance, we 
ought each to say, As for me, I am going to work 
more diligently this year, than ever before. 

2. We should put forth our best efforts, not only 
that we may each glorify God in our own bodies, 
and spirits, but that we may also provoke others, 
to " emulation " in the good work. 

3. Still another reason why we should ascend 
the scale, is, that those without may take knowl- 
edge of us, that we have been with Jesus, and 
learned of him, and that they may, in that way, be 
constrained to glorify God also. By our good 
works and chaste conversation, they may be im- 
pressed with the fact that there is something in 
the religion of Christ that is worth seeking for. 
We cannot afford to make ourselves indifferent to- 
the fact that our daily life is wielding an influ- 

I ence o«er others. The language of Jesus is such; 

February 1, 1896. 



as to prompt each of us to take our past and 
present life under a careful review. Christ's words 
are, " He that is not with me is against me; and 
he that gathereth not with me scattered abroad " 
Matt. 12: 30. O, what will the end be, if we are 
dragging some soul from heaven? Let us live 
higher this year! 
McPkerson, Kajis. 



With lightning rapidity flashes back the answer 
from the everlasting Word of God in thundering 
tones, "Except ye forgive men their trespasses, 
neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you." 

Something comes ringing down through heart 
and mind and soul, "Crucify self," "Crucify self," 
" Forgive with all the fullness of thy soul or ye 
are none of his." Oh God. can it be possible! Yes, 
we know, to harbor anger, ill-will or malice in our 
hearts debars us forever from the presence of God. 
The heart must be pure and undefiled, or where 
Christ and the angels are we can never dwell. 
Then, in the name of all that is good, and pure, 
and holy, why profess to be the children of the 
Most High, when, by our actions, we show to the 
world those things we cannot hide from man, 
much less from God? 

Why harbor in our hearts evil? Why treat 
those, whom we call brethren, with indifference, 
coldness, yea, sometimes with seeming contempt? 
If a man err, it's wrong to hate him." " If a man 
sin, rebuke him; if he repent, forgive him." In- 
stead of condemning, we should be charitable. 
Our hearts should go out in pity, love and sym- 
pathy for such an one. We should pray earnestly, 
that God, in his infinite wisdom, would enlighten 
their minds and understanding, and breathe into 
our souls the Spirit of the Master: " Father, for- 
give them, they know not what they do." The 
adage is, " 'Tis human to err, to forgive divine." 
The Apostle Paul says, "Brethren, if a man be 
overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore 
(or forgive) such an one, etc. We often restore 
such to fellowship, but not to love and affection. 
Our lips too often say, "We forgive," while our 
actions say, "We'll not forget." Dear Lord, move 
by thy spirit upon our selfish hearts, and narrow, 
contracted minds! Dispel evil surmisings and all 
that is antagonistic to love and harmony! Help 
us to refrain from bickering, strife, whisperings 
and back-bitings! Keep us from saying anything 
against any one, that we would be ashamed to say 
in their presence! Why should we linger along 
the hedges and highways of sin, when it's only a 
step over the line, on to the broad plain of God's 
unchanging love? Help us, dear Lord, to linger 
and ponder on that beautiful beatitude, " Blessed 
are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." 
Conemaugk, Pa. 



The Apostle Paul believed in being acquainted 
with the Brethren to whom he preached, for in 
Acts 15: 36 we read, "And some days after, Paul 
said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit 
our brethren in every city where we have preached 
the word of the Lord, and see how they do. In 
chapter 16: 13, 14, >5. *e read that Paul bn . 
Sabbath went out of the city by a river side, where 
prayer was wont to be made. There he sat down 
and spake unto the women which resorted thith- 
er. " A woman named Lydia, attended unto the 
things which were spoken of Paul," was baptized, 
and her household. Then she felt very grateful o 
Paul and Timothy, and invited them to come into 
her house, and abide there. 

Our Savior often visited the humble home of 
Martha and Mary at Bethany, Luke 10: 40, ana 
talked with them about spiritual th.ngs Many 
sisters form the idea that Martha had-they are 

cumbered about much serving when guests come. 
Sociability does not alone consist in eating and 
drinking. The many precious souls who have re- 
cently come into the fold should not be neglected. 
Visit them! Give them spiritual food every day! 
'e are all in the world, and consequently have 
ie dealings with it. Religion can be made a 
social topic. The Savior uses many beautiful 
parables, to suit all conditions of men. Recently 
I heard this remark about a young man, who was 
so earnestly urged to join a church. He said, that, 
after he joined, the members ceased talking to 
him. They scarcely noticed his absence from the 
meetings, thinking they had him secure. But, sad 
to say, through their coldness, etc., he went back 
to the beggarly elements of the world. 

May we all try to be more sociable and encour- 
age our young people to walk in " Wisdom's Ways," 
for " a merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but 
a broken spirit drieth the bones." Prov. 17: 22. 

Middletoivn, Pa. 


We overheard a remark made by one woman to 
another the other day that her daughter who had 
just become old enough to begin to be of some use 
so that she would begin to pay for her bringing up, 
was going to get married. We thought, "A new 
kind of merchandise for this country! So you are 
bringing up your daughter for the money there is 
in it for you! Better sell her, then, to the highest 
bidder as some other heathen do. Surely, Chris- 
tian mothers will not stoop so low as to make 
merchandise of their daughters, for what else is it 
when mothers take this view of things, and look 
upon their children as worth so many dollars and 
cents to them. Indeed, children can never repay 
a wise, loving and tender parent's care and train- 
ing, and the child who has a proper regard for that 
parent, will do all in its power for the parent's wel- 
fare and happiness, but when children are valued 
as were the slaves of thirty years ago, it is no won- 
der that many consider the sale of themselves, 
body and soul, excusable. — Herald of Truth. 

"Some women are stronger than some men, and 
some men are gentler than some women; but 
it still remains true that strength is the dominant 
characteristic of the one sex, and gentleness of the 
other. God ordained it so, and so it is. We have 
no sympathy with any scheme or movement of 
any kind or character that proposes to ignore this 
fact or to alter it. As far as we are personally con- 
cerned, we do not hesitate to say that in a world 
made up largely of masculine women or effeminate 
men we should scarcely count life worth living." 


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ceting, send a report of it, so that others may I 

ve name of church, county and stale. Be brie 
_ brief as possible. Land or other advertiseme 
department. Our advertising columns afford ample 

Death of Eld. Win. Howe. 

Jan. 14, 1896, our beloved elder, Wm. Howe, 
passed peacefully away, aged 73 years, I month 
and 23 days. Bro. Howe was born near Carlisle, 
Cumberland Co., Pa., Nov. 21, 1822. He united 
with the Brethren's church at about twenty-two 
years of age, at which time six of his brothers and 
sisters were baptized by Bro. Umsted. He mar- 
ried Sarah,— daughter of Eld. Jacob Mohler, of 
Mifflin Co., Pa„ Dec. 28, 1848, and settled near 
where he died. 

He was elected to the ministry in October, 1849, 
and ordained to the eldership some eighteen years 
ago. He was an able and efficient minister. He 
was a man of strong convictions, sound in judg- 
ment, gentle in discipline. He ruled his family 
and the church over which he presided, with love, 
and as a result he gathered around him a band of 
loving, faithful workers for Christ. 

As a legacy to the world he has left a family of 

children, all consecrated to Christ. Three of their 
children died in infancy. Two of them,— Jacob 
and Edward,— are deacons in the church. Wm. 
M. is a minister, now preaching at Amwell, New 
Jersey. Lizzie is engaged in active mission work 
among the poor of Chicago; Emma Vandyke is 
teaching at Beatrice, Nebr.; Minnie is at home 
and Roland is in Philadelphia; Joseph and Susan 
having died a few years ago. Bro. Howe was an 
able counselor and did a great deal of work for 
the church outside of his own congregation. He 
had strong and abiding faith in all the means of 
grace, and having availed himself of all of them, 
he calmly and peacefully fell asleep to await the 
great awakening when Jesus will make all things 
new. He died with the blessed assurance of the 
twenty-third Psalm. Funeral largely attended and 
improved by the Brethren, from the words; "For 
me to live is Christ and to die is gain." 

S. J. Swigart. 
Leiutstown, Pa. 

Royal Crumbs. 

It is gratifying not only to note but to read the 
many communications of our sisters to the Messen- 
ger. In No. 1 at least ten sisters had letters in the 
Messenger, and in No. 2 there were fourteen. 
The time was when this channel was not so wide 
open to sisters, but, blessed be the name of the 
Lord, they can now send forth many sweet mes- 
sages, as well as the brethren, to comfort, edify, 
and encourage those of like precious faith. 

What a beautiful world this is! God made ev- 
erything good, and all he made may be good to ev- 
ery one, if he will. If we annoy ourselves by the 
abuse of the good, then we think this great, good 
earth is not good to us. If we choose earth-force, 
such as cares, vexations, hatred, bitterness, anxie- 
ties and want of trust in God, then we blame this ex- 
cellent world made by the Word of God. What 


* • • 

There is quite a settlement of members being 
made at Inglewood, Cal., and regular services are 
now being held. Three ministers have located 
here, and the outlook for a local church is quite 
promising. This is a successful way of mission ef- 
forts. M. M. Eshelman. 

Upper Twin Notes, Ohio. 

I began a short series of meetings at Euphemia, 
Preble Co., Ohio, on the evening of Jan. 5, closing 
the 15th, with one applicant for baptism. The 
number that were " near the kingdom," God only 
knows. We had the pleasure of addressing very 
large audiences each evening, and-good results will 
surely follow. 

Our line of work was of a doctrinal character, 
chiefly because of ( 1 ) the new field occupied; (2) 
the strangeness of our doctrine; and (3) peculiarity 
of our members in attendance. The house used for 
the meetings is the private property of Bro. John 
Boomershine, of the Wolf Creek church, and pur- 
chased of the " New Lutherans " a year ago. It is 
situated in the very pleasant village of Euphemia, 
contiguous to Lewisburg on the C. J. 8: M. R. R. 
The twin sister towns hold the enviable reputation 
of not having a saloon within their borders. 

Praise God, that we have one town in our County 
at least, where "local option" prevails! We 
found the people courteous, refined, and ready to 
receive the Word of God. Eld. Resin Stevens, of 
the Price's Creek church, within whose territory 
the church is situated, supplies the little flock with 
spiritual food once a month. 

Bro. Boomershine has done a noble work in buy- 
ing this property and his example is worthy of imi- 
tation by others. Brethren, push your way into the 
towns and cities, for "the fields are white unto the 
harvest! " Many are tired of this fashionable relig- 
ion and are longing for songs, prayers, and sermons 
that have the old-time ring. 

An old resident of the town, on seeing some of 
our young sisters, was heard to remark, " See those 

7 6 


February 1, 1896. 

Ohio, is now forcibly 
Spirit at our Whcatvill 
evening of the 18th, 

nice young girls; how nice and modest they look, 
and they are not ashamed of their profession ei- 
ther." May God's blessings attend the young sol- 
diers of Jesus, who are not ashamed of the full uni- 
form, even on the borderland. 

If all goes well I hope to begin meetings at 
Price's Creek, (Central house) Feb. o. Bro. H. M. 
Barwick has returned from North Manchester, Ind., 
and will likely be with us during the coming spring 
and summer. Bro. David S. Filbrum, of Brandt, 
ielding the Sword of the 
louse. He began on the 
d will continue for some 
weeks. He is having increasing congregations and 
excellent interest. We extend kindly Christian 
greeting to the saints in every land. 

A. G. Crosswhite. 
Gratis, Ohio, Jan. 21. 

From Upper Fall Creek, Ind. 

We only have meeting at Middletown once a 
month. We would like to have it oftener if we 
had ministerial force enough to run it. Bro. D. 
F. Hoover does the preaching, but he is gone a 
great deal of the time and often has to get some 
one in his place. There should be a minister 

not some one 
me willing to do 
ur elder, D. F. 

H. L. Fadely, 

: one to hold it, 

located in Middletown. Is then 

who would like to come? Any 

so, will please correspond with 1 

Hoover, Sulphur Springs, Ind., f 

Honey Creek, Ind. They will gi 


We have a Bible class every Wednesday n 

at the old church. We talk of having a serie 

meetings here, if we can find so 
and one at Beach Grove. 

I have a new plan for mission and church work: 
Let each member lay up ten cents of each dollar 
received. If this is done, there will be no lack 
of money to keep up church expenses and hav- 
ing a series of meetings at each church in the 
community. We will always have plenty to live 
on, if we do our part for the Lord, for he will 
always add his blessing. We are too much in- 
clined to think we have nothing for missionary 
or church work, but when we want anything to 
satisfy our temporal wants we can always manage 
some way to get it. If we adopt the plan referred 
to we can always have plenty for the Lord. 

Florida J. E. Green. 
Middletown, Ind., Jan. 22. 

From North Dakota. 

[Leaving Farnam, Nebr., Bro. Marshall Cole- 
bank drove through to North Dakota with a team, 
being accompanied by two of his children. He 
writes a very interesting description of the trip, but 
we can make room for only one extract from his 
communication. — Ed.] 

We are bound for the Devil's Lake or Turtle 
Mountain country. We crossed the Missouri River 
from Niobrara City to Running Water, S. D., on the 
ice, though it was not considered safe. Then we 
went due north to Mitchell, our first objective 
point. The country was well improved and nearly 
level, so that we traveled due north for thirty-six 
miles on one section line. As we passed along we 
were very forcibly impressed with the idea that we 
were passing through a land of church-going peo- 
ple, for with a regularity which we never before 
witnessed, good-sized churchhouses, mostly plain 
and well painted,-with roomy sheds near many of 
them, for teams-had been built by the roadside 
They were almost as common as schoolhouses 
We believe there was a churchhouse in three- 
fourths of the school districts for about sixty miles 

Then, as we passed Mitchell, the whole country 
seemed to take on a decided change. There was 
less evidence of thrift among the farmers. That 
part of South Dakota had a very prolific crop of 
Russian thistles. 

I can say many good things of the people of 
South Dakota. They are a temperate people and 

they have temperance laws. They do not tolerate 
the dram shop or beer den excepting in rare cases, 
like that of Aberdeen, the nicest and largest town 
we saw in South Dakota. Instead of having 
saloons people save their dimes and build church- 

We are now stopping in a temperance town. We 
have been attending preaching here in the Baptist 
church. A Baptist minister from Fargo, N. D., 
has been here the last two weeks, preaching. In 
the minister's language, " For fear that some of us 
are too cool and indifferent or lacking somewhat in 
Gospel harmony, I shall first direct my labors to 
the tuning up of us members into the key of Jesus 
Christ, so that we may work together in perfect 
harmony." I liked that part of his programme, 
and was made to think that some of our own minis- 
ters might improve considerably along this line, to 
the great benefit of the church. 

Another thought was, that many of our ministers 

who can preach the Wo 
rely too much upon their own 
ability; not seeming to consid 
ance of having all the other m 
male, available, warmed up ai 
enly armor, as his co-worker: 
ister asked the question over ; 
that the people of Ellendale 

ith power?) seem to 
individual efforts or 
:r the grand import- 
ambers, male and fe- 
d clad in the heav- 
. This Baptist min- 
nd over, " Why is it 
ire so indifferent to 

he appeals, pleadings, 
esident ministers." 
While he was thus puzzling c 
ccurred to me that we had a 
his: "All the Protestant pre; 
acluding the visiting minister, 
ret societies, and this same 
'ere wearing the Freem; 
true Christian rs 

d warnings of their three 

ery t 

er that problem it 
ilution, and it was 
hers of Ellendale, 
ire members of se- 
ime night two of them 
n badge in bold effront- 
As nearly all the 

men in town are members of one or the other of the 
lodges, of course their hearts (like the hearts of 
their minister) are more interested working for, and 
building up, their respective secret orders, rather 
than the church. A great many of the secret order 
men say by their actions, " We can't afford to 
serve two masters. We can't keep up the church 
and the lodge, too. Our minister is a good lodge 
member. He won't work against the lodge. He 
works for the church for what money there is in it. 
Then he identifies himself with our lodge; increas- 
ing its membership, pays his initiation fee and his 
not-to-be-neglected quarterly dues into our treas- 
ury, out of his church salary, comes regularly to 
lodge, and enjoys all its pleasures, rights and privi- 
leges. Thus he not only works for the lodge for 
nothing, but he pays money into our coffers to in- 
sure to himself the enjoyment of all its hilarities 
with us. He is our best man. We want all the 
preachers we can get, because they are at a premi- 
um with us. Treat them encouragingly. Pass them 
along up the scale of degrees, even a little faster 
than they deserve and we will soon have them as 
our absolute slaves. The church may possibly 
turn them out, if they don't desert it. In either case 
we will be on the lookout for their successor. We 
are always on the lookout for the coming young 
men. Keep them in the dark as regards this mat- 
ter, for if they come to find out the true state of af- 


ng a 

onstant drain upon 
;ir best-paying and 
g men, these merchandise 
body, revolt; for fear their 
so weak that their own salar- 

fairs, — that ' 

their churches, by taking 
most influential young 
preachers may, in 
churches may beco 
ies will stop." 

This, we contend, is a fair representation of the 
relations between church and lodge. In cities and 
towns all over our land, the majority of church-go- 
ing people are women and children; not men and 
children. For Jesus' sake, for the sake of his 
church here on earth, and for the sake of fallen hu- 
manity all around, it behooves us, as his true fol- 
lowers, that we, in perfect harmony of mind and 
spirit, muster all our forces, and march out in the 
name of Jesus Christ, in a solid spiritual phalanx 
against the one greatest and most obstinate of all 
existing evils. Let us never forget to put on the 
whole armor of God. Marshall Colebank. 

Ellendale, North Dakota, Jan. 11. 

From Mt. Carroll, III. 

Bro. Witmore came here Jan. 5 and preached 
each night and Sunday forenoon for three weeks. 
Attendance and attention were excellent all through, 
and we think the doctrine, as the Brethren preach 
and practice, was perhaps never more boldly and 
plainly declared from this stand. The discourses 
as to secrecy, non-combativeness, feet-washing, 
non-conformity, etc., cou[d not be more strongly 
contended for. One was baptized on Sunday be- 
fore meeting. At the close of the Sunday morning 
service one more came forward, and threw herself 
on her knees in front of the stand. It seemed as if 
the house was filled with the Spirit. You could 
scarcely see a dry eye any where. I never felt it 
more powerfully. The meeting closed last night. 
Others are very near the kingdom. One man, who 
has been under heavy conviction for years, left the 
house, not being able to stand it. Noah Blough. 

From Huntingdon, Pa. 

The visiting committee met at Huntingdon dur^)l 
ing the special Bible Term, to attend to their / 
duties in relation to the Juniata College. We were 
much gratified to find everything in such good 
working order. We hope to see the day come 
when the Brethren will patronize our own schools. 
Brethren's schools should be utilized for our chil- 

While we were in Huntingdon, the committee 
from Annual Meeting came, and we were present 
to hear their work. In many respects this was the 
most remarkable case that ever came before a 
committee from Annual Meeting. The demand 
for the committee originated away from home. 
The investigation revealed the fact that the 
trouble complained of had no existence. Not a 
single charge out of seventeen was sustained ex- 
cept a few minor points. An excellent spirit per- 
vaded the entire meeting. The committee did 
their work faithfully and impartially. The inves- 
tigation was of the most searching nature. The 
committee is to publish a vindication of the Hunt- 
ingdon church. Jas. A. Sell. 

McKee's Gap, Pa., Jan. 2$. 

Notes x from x our x Correspondents. 

"As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country," 

Root River Church, Minn.— We held our quar- 
terly council Jan. 3, which was well attended. The 
spirit of God being manifest, all business was dis- 
posed of pleasantly. Our elder, John Broadwater, 
gave us very good admonitions at the close of the 
meeting. — Lizzie Broadwater. 

Lower Payton, Pa.— Dec. 22 Bro. Levi S. Mohler 
came to the Big Swatara church, holding a two 
weeks' series of meetings, that seemed to be so 
piercing as to reach the heart of every one in divine 
presence. The members were very much instructed 
as to their duty toward one another.—^. /. Shape, 
Jan. 22. 

Garrett, Ind.— Bro. Peter Stuckman commenced 
a series of meetings on New Year's evening at the 
Cedar Creek church, four miles from here. Good 
interest was manifested throughout, and, as a re- 
sult, twenty-two were buried by baptism and one 
applicant for baptism. Nearly all of them are 
young people. We are glad to see them come. 
Meeting closed Jan. 25.— D. E. Hoover, Jan. 2j. 

McKee's, Pa.— I expect to go to the Glade Run 
church, Armstrong Co., Pa., Feb. 2, to assist at the 
dedication of a new meetinghouse. My father, 
who is in his eighty-sixth year, fell through the 
barn about twelve feet, a few days ago. He is 
painfully, but, we think, not seriously hurt. The 
Lord has given me life for fifty years, and during 
I have suffered but little pain. Lately, 
I had an attack of inflammatory rheuma- 
m nearly well now, and am a little wiser, 
a practical knowledge of pain is CQn- 
ctmed.-Jas. A. Sell, Jan. 25. 

that ti 
so far 

February 1, 1896. 


Germantown, Va.— To-day we had our regular 
council at the old brick church. Everything that 
came before the meeting was disposed of satis- 
factorily. The church is enjoying peace and har- 
mony. One was received to-day by baptism.—/. 
IV. Ikenberry, Wirts, Va.,Jan. 18. 

North Bethel, Mo.— The Brethren at this place 
held a series of meetings beginning Dec. 25, by 
the home ministers, and continued until Jan. 5. 
Bro. Whitmer, from Hamlin, Kans., came to us at 
that time, and preached until Jan. 20. There were 
two additions by baptism. Both were young in 
years. Attendance and* attention were good. — Sa- 
rah Haines, Jan. 3j. 

Woodbury Church, Pa.— Bro. Daniel Vaniman 
came to us Jan. 2 and preached to us from Matt. 
11:29, "Learn of me." Bro. Wm. Ritchey began 
a series of meetings Jan. 4, and preached each 
evening until Jan. 18. He very strongly appealed 
to the wandering to return, but without a response. 
We trust the seed sown may be gathered not many 
days hence.—/. C. Stayer, Jan. 22. 

Chiques Church, Pa. — We have received into 
the church twenty-six members by baptism in the 
year just passed; thirteen by letter, three re- 
claimed and lost twelve by death, fourteen by let- 
ter and four disowned. This leaves the church 
with five hundred and sixty-two members. We 
elected one minister and advanced two to the sec- 
ond degree of the ministry. — Henry S. Z?ig,Jan. 22. 

Big Creek Church, Okla.— At our quarterly 
council all things passed off pleasantly. One dear 
sister came to Christ, to walk in the light of the 
Gospel. Three have united with us by letter. 
We have three regular appointments each month. 
We also have Bible or prayer 
week; also singing once a week, 

Moreland, Ind.— W 
Messenger during tl 
that there have been 
baptized; 368 by lett 

h pencil in hand I read the 

entire year of iSgs and find 

eported the following: 6,050 

nd 338 reclaimed. I only 



nd a good pr 

members enrolled 
A. G.Fillmore, Jan. 21. 

Meyersdale, Pa— Bro. S. F 
water, Va., came here Jan. 6, 
evening. We decided to col 
until Jan. IQ and closed 

neeting once a 

We have fifty 

pect for more. — 

anger, of Bridge- 

d preached in the 

me the meetings 

ith two additions by 

-ssives. Bro. 

baptism; one belonged to th 

Sanger labored earnestly and gave to saint and 
sinner instructions that will not soon be forgotten. 
We need preachers who build up the church in 
faith, zeal and unity as well as numbers.—/. C. 
/ohnson, Jan. 20. 

Lordsburg, Cal.— Jan. 6 our quarterly church- 
meeting occurred. Our elder, W. J. Thomas, 
from Inglewood. presided. There was the us- 
ual amount of business, which was disposed of in 
one hour and thirty minutes. The cause of this 
ready adjustment was the unanimity of sentiment. 
Sunday, Jan. 19, two young men applied for mem- 
bership and were buried with Christ in baptism. 
Bro. Andfew Hutchison will begin a series of 
meetings in the near future.— B. F. Masterson. 

Our Sunday School Quarterlies— I am very 
much pleased with the improvement noticeable in 
the new Quarterlies for 1896. I think they are ful- 
ly up to the standard, and in some respects excel 
any other Quarterlies I have examined. Our Sun- 
day school was reorganized Jan. I, and we hope, 
under the new management and superior helps, to 
be able to accomplish more for the Master this 
year than formerly. May the Spirit of God direct 
the work all along the line!—/. Edwin Jones, 
Grundy Centre, Iowa. 

Blue Ridge Church, IU.-Bro. I, M. Gibson 
came to us on Saturday, Jan. II, and held three 
meetings, when his throat gave out, and Bro. D. 
Gibson took up the work, and held 
ings. Then Bro. I. M. Gibson return 
six meetings. The attendance was e 
house being full to overflowing night after night 
Bro. Gibson preached soul-st 
through the meetings. As at 
nine applied for baptism; one was reclaimed and, 1 
think, more will come soon. Among those who 
came out are the youngest son and daughter of the 
writer. Our meeting is closed for the present.— A 
Greenawalt, Mansfield, ill., Jan. 27. 

counted those baptized; there was quite a number 
of applicants for baptism that I did not count.— 
Noah W. Wimmer.Jan, 23. 

Conway Springs, Kans.— A shocking accident 
happened Bro. Samuel Arnold on the afternoon 
of Dec. 31. His team became ungovernable, and 
the wagon ran over him, breaking both legs about 
five inches below the hip joints. He is fifty-four 
years of age, but at present is doing remarkably 
well. A number of helpful donations have been 
sent to the family, that are greatly appreciated by 
them. — Samuel Franlz.Jan. 20. 

Oak Grove, Mo. — We have just closed a series 
of meetings, held by Bid". W. H. Miller, commenc- 
ing Jan. 5, and closing the evening of the 19th. 
The meetings were well attended, with good in- 
terest. Bro. Miller feared not to declare the com- 
mandments of God to the people. Saints were 
made to rejoice and sinners to cry out, " What 
must 1 do to be saved?" Ten precious souls 
came out on the Lord's side and were baptized. — 
E. W. Tracy, Rainey, St. Clair Co., Mo., Jan. 20. 

Bremen, Ind.— Eld. J. H. Miller, of Goshen, Ind., 
came to us Dec. 29 and remained with us until Jan. 
12, preaching, in all, nineteen soul-cheering sermons. 
One young man came out on the Lord's side and 
was baptized into the fold of believers, to walk in 
newness of life. During these meetings we were 
visited by members of the Nappanee church. 
Among them was Eld. J. C. Murray and Daniel 
Wysong. It gave us much encouragement to meet 
so many of like precious faith.— Jacob B. Parker, 
Jan. 2*. 

South English, Iowa.— The good work moves 
on. One more dear sister was received by baptism 
lately. Our evergreen Sunday schools are grow- 
ing in interest and attendance. We find them 
successful in winter as well as summer. Our re- 
cent Bible school has awakened a deeper interest 
in Bible study. The work is being continued by 
meeting weekly, and the outlook is very encour- 
aging. Bro. Peter Brower is in the field as Dis- 
trict evangelist, under direction of the District 
Mission Board.— 5. F. Brower, Jan. 

light meet- 
id, and held 
xcellent, th 

sermons an 
nediate result, 



Pine Creek, Ind.— Bro. Levi Stonebui 
Warsaw, Ind., came to us Dec. 28 and rem 
until Jan. 20. He preached about twenty 
soul-stirring discourses at our Blissville church- 
house in Pine Creek district. Through the efforts 
of the members of our own and adjoining districts, 
we had excellent song service. There was a great 
ingathering of souls; fourteen by baptism and five 
reclaimed, for which we give God the praise. One 
soul more wanted to unite, but was hindered by her 
husband —/. G. Wagenman, Tyner, Ind., Jan. 21. 

Lancaster City, Pa.-Bro. C. Hope, on his return 
from Denmark and Sweden, stopped, and gave us a 
very enjoyable talk last evening at the church, 
where he was greeted with a full house. It was de- 
sired that he give a sample of the Danish language, 
which he did by repeating the Lord's Prayer. At 
the close of the services, three were restored to 
membership. At our recent council-meeting three 
were received by letter. Bro. D. M. Click, of Vir- 
ginia, has been with us since Oct. 30, and now has 
six organized singing classes, serving us here every 
Thursday evening.— T. F. Imlerjav. 23. 

Cornell, 111.— The members of the Cornell church 
me t in quarterly council Jan. 7, Eld. Menno 
Stouffer presiding! All business that came before 
the meeting was disposed of in a Christian-like 
manner. Two members were received by letter. 
Bro B E. Kesler and wife, of Virginia, have lo- 
cated here. Bro. Kesler is a minister in the second 
degree, and we are glad to welcome them with 
us Bro. Kesler commenced preaching on the 

~f th* rnnnril and continued over two 
evening of the council ana conunucu u 

weeks Much good seed was sown trom wnicn 

we hope to reap a good harvest.— N. S. Dale, 

Jan. 2,. 

Henry, Mo.— 1 am now in the midst of a series of 
meetings at this place. The interest is good and 
we hope for the best results. I had been sick for 
some time but the good Lord has granted health, 
that we are again working for the Master, gathering 
in the golden grain— Wm. C. Hipes. 

Defiance, Ohio.— The South Poplar Ridge church 
has just closed a very interesting series of meet- 
ings, conducted by Bro. Leonard Hyre, of Indiana. 
Attentive listeners greeted him throughout the 
meeting. One dear sister came out on the Lord's 
side and was received by baptism. We expect Bro, 
J. V. Felthouse Jan. 23, to hold a few meetings.— 
Ella Noffsingtr, Jan. rS. 

Red Oak Grove Church, Va.— Bro. Henry Sheets, 
of North Carolina, began a.series of meetings Jan. 
13. He preached, in all, fifteen soul-cheering ser- 
mons. We had good interest and very nice weath- 
er for the time of year, and good congregations. 
Bro. Sheets ably defended the cause of Christ. 
Five dear souls came out on the Lord's side. I 
am confident that others are almost persuaded 
to be Christians. The church seems to be built 
up and encouraged to press onward. — Asa Bowman. 
Mingo Church, Pa.— Pro. Levi S. Mohler from 
York County, Pa., commenced preaching for us 
Nov. 18, at the Skippack house and continued till 
the 28th. While we have no accessions to report, 
we believe the meetings were of great benefit to 
the cause at this place. Bro. Mohler then went 
home on account of sickness in his family. He 
returned again Jan. 11, and preached at Norris- 
town until the 20th. Here we had very interest- 
ing meetings. Bro. Mohler did not shun to de- 
clare the whole counsel of God.«-S. H. Price, Col- 
Ugeville, Pa. 

Alleghany, W. Va.-Jan. , 5 Bro. J. T. Cosner 
and I returned from the Seneca congregation, 
Pendleton Co., W. Va., where we held about a 
week's meeting with the little band of Brethren. 
This church has had its dark days. The shepherds 
are largely to blame. They need a faithful resi- 
dent minister. Eld. Jonas Fike has the oversight 
of this church now, and is doing a good work. 
We believe there is a brighter future in store for 
them. At our regular home appointment, last 
Lord's Day, four united with the church by bap- 
tism.—/?. Baker, Jan. ty. 

Walnut Church, Ind— Jan. J Bro, Dorsey Hodg- 
den commenced meetings for us. He preached, 
in all, thirty-three discourses. Thirteen were bap- 
tized. All these but two are young people,— Sun- 
day school scholars. A mother came forward for 
membership, but her husband so bitterly opposed 
her union with the church that she was obliged to 
defer baptism. Several more have made up their 
minds to come into the church in the near future. 
We all pray that the Spirit's wooing will keep them 
to their resolution. The brother's earnest work 
has a powerful influence upon us all. We pray our 
Father to give him grace to do a great workl— A. 
I. Mow, Argos, Ind. 

Conestoga Church, Pa— A sad bereavement has 
happened to the family of Bro. George and Martha 
Weaver. About three weeks ago happiness reigned 
in their family of four children,— one son and three 
daughters,— when very unexpectedly diphtheria in- 
vaded the home. In a few days Daniel 0., the on- 
1. One week later, Eva Irene 

ly boy, lay a v 
followed her brother to the grave. Then Rosleen 
Paulette, the oldest of the family, was severely at- 
tacked and endured terrible suffering. All that 
medical skill could do was of no avail, and on Sun- 
day morning, Jan. 19, she, too, took her departure, 
to enjoy the society of heaven's redeemed. An- 
other sad feature was that the mother was not able 
to accompany the remains of her dear ones to the 
All services were held by the Brethren, 
of the children were, Daniel O., four 
month, and twenty-two days; Eva Irene, 
one month, and seven days; Rosleen 
Paulette, five years one month, and twenty-two 
days. The bereft family have the sympathy of the 
community.—/. W. Taylor, Jan. 22. 






February 1, 18 

La Forge Church, Mo— Ot 

terly council passed off very pleas- 
antly to-day. One was reclaimed 
We decided to have a love feast at the 
Hurricane schoolhouse Feb. 8, and 
one here Feb. 22. Any one coming 
this way is earnestly requested to 
stop with us.— Ira P. Eby.Jan. iS. 

Notice. — Those who have occasion 
to write me at Goshen, Ind., should 
address me thus: " Goshen, Ind., 
West side." We have three J. H. Mil- 
lers in the city limits. We are now 
in the corporation limits; hence have 
mail delivered. My mail should have 
" West Side " on, without fail.—/. H. 
Milky, Jan. tl. 

Little Swatara Church, Pa.— Bro. 
Henry E. Light, of Mountville, Pa., 
commenced a series of meetings at 
Merkey's meetinghouse Dec. 21, which 
closed at the Zeigler house Jan. 5. 
He preached, in all, twenty-one ser- 
mons. Sixteen souls united with the 
church by confession and baptism.— 
/. Monroe Klein, Bethel, Pa., Jan. 20. 

Juniata, Nebr. — Bro. James W. Gish 
of Holmesville, Nebr., came to us 
Nov. 23, and stayed some over two 
weeks, preaching the Word with pow 
er. Many good impressions were left 
on the minds of some, as he did not 
fail to declare the whole counsel 
God. One was reclaimed as a result 
of the meetings. We have an inter- 
teresting Bible and prayer meeting 
every week. — Sarah B. Lemon. 

From Iowa. — Brethren D. E. Bru- 
baker, of Panther, and R. F. McCune, 
of Dallas Center, are holding a series 
of meetings at our place, Coon River 
church, now. The meetings are grow- 
ing in interest. I am on my way to 
the South River church in Madison 
County, and Bro. J. L. Myers is hold- 
ing a series of meetings in Dallas 
County. Bro. Moses Deardorff is to 
commence here (Des Moines) in a 
week.—/. D. Haughtelin. 

Fairview, Mo.— Jan. 1 1 this congre- 
gation met in church-council. All 
business passed off pleasantly. In the 
evening the brethren preached, and 
on Sunday morning we met in Sunday 
school. This is the first winter Sun- 
day school the Brethren have had at 
our church, and we think they are 
having success. At 11 o'clock the 
brethren preached again. In the year 
1895 we had two series of meetings 
in this congregation. Twenty-two 
were received by baptism and eleven 
by letter.— Nannie Harman, Falling 
Springs, Mo. 

Bethel Church, Kana.— Bro. A. F. 
Miller, of Booth, Reno Co., Kans., 
came to us Dec. 30, and commenced 
meetings on the evening of the 31st, 
and continued until Jan. 12, preaching, 
in all, fourteen soul-cheering sermons. 
On the evening of Jan. 12, Bro. J. H. 
Shamberger preached. I never saw 
better attention. There were no ac- 
cessions but some seemed almost 
persuaded to be Christians. Bro. Mil- 
ler had to close the meetings on ac- 
count of his health. We hope he will 
be able to return in the near future.— 
/. H. Miller, Sawyer, Kans., Jan. 16. 

Canton Church, Ohio.— The mem- 
bers of the Canton church conducted 
a series of meetings at the Mount 
Pleasant meetinghouse, commencing 
on the evening of Dec. 28, and con- 

tinuing up to the evening of Jan. 14. 
In all, there were twenty-seven ser- 
mons preached. Bro. Quincy Leck- 
ronc, of Ziontown, Ohio, did nearly 
all the preaching. Two precious souls 
were made willing to be baptized and 
to walk in newness of life. We also 
held our first quarterly council at the 
Center meetinghouse Jan. 18. After 
other matter was disposed of we made 
arrangements for procuring the nec- 
essary Sunday school supplies for the 
coming summer. — George S. Gri?n, Lou- 
isville, Ohio, Jan. 20. 

The Hope of the Church.— The fu- 
ture prosperity of the church depends 
upon the young and rising member- 
ship of the church. Our dear Broth- 
erhood is seeing this great need in 
the light of Solomon's injunction in 
Prov. 22: 6, "Train up a child in the 
way he should go: and when hi 
old he will not depart from it." 
was with this end in view that 
the Mt. Morris brethren worked 
preparing a special doctrinal course for 
the Bible term of 1896. May God 
bless the efforts of the instructors 
and all those who attended, that th< 
good may be spread and felt through 
out the Brotherhood, the church pro 
fited, and God be glorified!— L. D. Bos 

were very much appreciated. Our 
home minister continued until the 
evening of Jan. 2. On the 4th Bro. 
S. S. Beaver, of Juniata County, came 
to our assistance and continued until 
the evening of the 19th. He preached, 
in all, eighteen doctrinal and practical 
sermons. He was not ashamed to 
defend the Truth in its purity. Such 
sermons we love to hear. There is 
too much preaching to suit the peo- 

pie and we 

are beginning to see the 

fruits of it. 

There is not enough of 

pure and 

undefined religion. The 

brother labo 

red faithfully in Word and 

doctrine, a 

nd our eyes have been 

r, Me 

Chatham, Ohio.— Jan. 1, 
congregation at Black Riv 
Co., Ohio, numbered fifty members. 
During the year 1S95 we received three 
members by baptism, three by letter, 
two were reclaimed, two were taken 
away by death and two dismissed. 
In all (according to the writer's diary), 
there were sixty-seven sermons 
preached here and one lecture deliv- 
ered. We had five council-meetings, 
one Communion meeting, one Thanks- 
giving meeting and one series of 
meetings of nearly three weeks. We 
had Sunday school for nine months; 

»o every two weeks Bible class. 

lr collections were $13.65 for home 

ssions; S12.19 for general mission; 
S7.54 for India mission and S30 for 
ion work in our own congrega- 
. We also repaired our church- 
house. — Mary Hoover, Jan. 20. 

Lower Stillwater, Ohio.— Since our 
last report two young brethren were 
baptized at our quarterly council. On 
Thanksgiving Day, after a stirring 
ion by our elder, in which the 
:fits of living under Gospel in- 
fluence were shown, a collection was 
taken and over fifty dollars donated, 
to be apportioned to Asia Minor mis- 
and our Southern Ohio mission. 
We find that these special offerings 
should be made, if possible, with but 
one interest to be assisted. Then we 
should have that object explained, 
its needs pointed out, and the Chris- 
tian's duty made plain in the matter. 
Dec. 21 Bro. J. G. Royer began a 
meeting with us, continuing each even- 
ing with some day meetings, closing 
Dec. 29. Four were baptized and 
others are very near the kingdom. 
The meetings closed too soon.— L. A. 
Bookwalter, Trotwood, Ohio, Jan. 20. 

Warrior's Mark, Pa.— The church at 

is place has just closed an interest- 

opened to see more clearly the way 
before us. — Nancy Chronister, Jan. 19. 

Painter Creek, Ohio. — Upon the 
day that our recent series of meetings 
were to close, a little boy, while seat- 
ed at the breakfast table with hi: 
unconverted parents and listening to 
their conversation concerning the ac 
cessions during the meetings, in 
quired, " Papa, why do people joir 
church?" The father endeavored tc 
explain, but the little boy not feeling 
satisfied with the reply again inquired, 
" Cannot people live just as good out 
of the church as in the church? " Tl 
pointed question from such a soun 
aroused a feeling within that fatb 
never before realized. He became 
more deeply impressed that he 
not setting the right example for his 
children to follow. The same day 
he made application to unite with the 
church. Baptism was administered 
the next day. The mother was under 
conviction, but decided not to come 
then, but the question and the in- 
fluence it had upon the father made 
her more fully realize her responsi- 
bility, and in two days after she was 
also teaching her little boy by ex- 
ample, as well as by precept, that 
people can live better in the church 
than out of the church. — Levi Minnich, 
Jan. 20. 

years, 4 months and 28 days. She has been 
a member of the Brethren church for a num- 
ber of years. Funeral services conducted by 
Eld. Eli Bowman. A. E. Wycoff. 

WHITEHEAD.— In the Union Center con- 
gregation, Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. 15, 1896, aged 
77 years, 11 months and 21 days. Deceased 
was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, Jan. 
25, 1818. He was one of thirteen children. 

all of 


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3ro. F. D. 

Anthony, of the Huntingdon Normal, 
spent his vacation with us during the 
Holidays and preached for us in the 
evening. His stay and his labors 


" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lore 

BLOCHER.— In Lathrop, Mo., Jan. 13, 1896, 

iro. John Blocher, aged 72 years, 5 months and 

9 days. He was married March 14, 1850, and 

united with the church in October, 1850. He 

me to Clinton County, Mo., in 1856, and with 

e exception of a few years spent in Illinois 

id Kansas, has lived here ever since. Fu- 

ral services held in the Methodist church 

Lathrop, conducted by D. D. Sell. 

DAVIDHEISER.— In the Upper Dublin 
church, Pa., Jan. 6, 1896, Bro. Jacob David- 
:iser, aged about 75 years. He was a highly 
spected citizen, who leaves a sorrowing wife 
id five daughters,— all members of the Re- 
formed church. Funeral services at the late 
residence were conducted by Messrs. Ditmar 
and Rupp (of the Lutheran church). Bro. 
W. M. Howe, of the Amwell church, N. J., 
assisted in the services at the church. 

B. F. Kittinger. 
MYERS —In the Sandy church, Ohio, Nov. 
1895, Bro. Wm. L. Myers, aged 74 years, 
month and 3 days. Bro. Myers Was born 
Harrison County, Ohio. In 1844 he came 
to Stark County, marrying Sarah Myers the 
year. Unto them were bom four chil- 
His wife died in 1854. He was mar- 
1 1855 to Hannah Slack. This union was 
blessed with ten children, six of whom sur- 
sufjferer for many years, and 
1 years was almost helpless. 
is wife and ten children are left. Funeral 
rvices by Bro. Joseph Hoover, assisted by 
ethren Stuckey and Shively. 

B. B. Shively. 
BARTON.— In the Barron church, Wis., 
n. 9, 1896, sister Louise Barton, aged 55 

for the 

WAMPLER.— Near Carthage, Mo., Jan. ir, 
896, Susan Wampler, wife of John Wampler, 
aged 66 years and 6 days. Her maiden name 
Miller. She was born, raised, and mar- 
near Dayton, Ohio, where also were born 
ten children, — four sons and six daughters. 
One daughter died near Dayton. Mother 
leaves a husband and nine children. Services 
by John Harshey, of Warrensburg, Mo. . 

B. F. Wampler. 
MILLER.— At Linville Creek church, Rock- 
ingham Co., Va., Dec. 20, 1895, sister Cath- 
erine Miller, aged 83 years, 10 months and 
10 days. Funeral discourse from Rev. 14: 13. 
D. Hays. 


WILCOX.— In the Little Traverse 
gation, near Harbor Springs, Mich., 
1895, Bertha Grace, daughter of Bro Lyman 
and sister Emma Wilcox, aged 8 years, 5 
months and 29 days. Funeral discourse by 
the writer, assisted by Eld. J. R. Stutsman, 
from Matt. 18: 2. Isaac Hufford. 

PECK.— In the Falls City church, Nebr., 
Jan. 11, 1896, Bro. Uriah S. Peck. He was 
born in Somerset County, Pa., Feb. 5, 1852. 
In 1879 he married sister Mary Miller, of 
Meyersdale, Pa. He united with the Breth- 
ren church in his youthful days. By his death 
a devoted wife and four aEfectionate children 
have lost a kind husband and father^ the 
church a faithful member and the Sunday 
school an earnest worker. He called for the 
elders who anointed him. Eight days later he 
died, trusting in the Lord. Funeral services 
by Eld. J. Humbarger, from Rev. 14: 13. 

Wm. Mohler. 

SH1MP.— In the Ephrata church, Pa., Jan.. 
1896, Bro. George F. Shimp, aged 65 years,. 

month and 2 days. He was a faithful work- 

' in the church and also in the Sunday 
school. He leaves a wife and two children- 
Funeral services by brethren Wenger and 
Lefever. J. R, Royer. 

GRABLE.— In the bounds of the Ten Mile 
church, Pa., Dec. 27, 1895, of paralysis, Amy,, 
wife of Samuel Grable, aged 53 years. She^ 
was a member of the Baptist church. She? 
was buried in the Scenery Hill cemetery- 
Peace to her slumbers! Eld. John Wise. 


Program of California and Arizona Minis- 
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na, Cat., March 35, at 9 A. M. 

"How to Maintain Gospel, Social andl 
Charitable Relations Between Ministers."— B. 
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The Model Deacon."— I. M. Gibbel, J. 
W. Metzger. 

How Best to Impress and Maintain Per- 
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ual Member."— P. S. Myers, Wm. J. Thomas. 

w to Win and Keep Young People 
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The Sisters' Lines of Christian Work."— 
Claude Miller, Josephine Royer. 

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He Visited, Investigated, 
And Invested ! 

The following letter from Eld. Da 
vid Hollinger of the Board of Trus- 
tees of the Manchester College and 
Bible School, North Manchester, Ind 
bearing date Jan. 14th, 1896, gives ai 
opinion of North Dakota, where the 
Brethren colonies are located. Aftei 
visiting, and investigating the oppor 
tunities, Brother Hollinger was so well 
pleased with the country that he 
bought a tract of land himself; read 
his letter: 

North Manchester, Ind., Jan. 14, 1896. 
Mr. Max Bass, 

Chicago, 111., 
Dear Sir:—\ write you in regard to the 
country in North Dakota. I carefully looked 
over some of the fine lands around Mayvllle, 
Devil's Lake and Cando. I have heard much 
said in its favor, but found it far beyond my 
expectation. The crops, such as wheat, oats, 
rye, barley and vegetables were immense, 
proving the fertility of the soil. I was so well 
pleased with the country that I bought a tract 
of land in the Sweetwater region, in Ramsey 
country. 1 am confident that there are thou- 
sands of renters in the eastern States, who are 
working h;ird and making nothing more than a 
living, who could go to that country and secure 
good homes in a few years. The Brethren 
whom 1 met there are well satisfied and are do- 
ing well. Several churches have already been 
organized so that our people going there will 
find church homes. If the prospects were ful- 
ly known 1 believe that in a short time all the 
land would be taken up. I would advise all 
who think of changing their location to go and 
see the country for themselves. 

In writing the Brethren do not forget that it 
takes time and money to answer letters as well 
as to board strangers. The Brethren are large 
hearted but should not be imposed upon, 1 
hope that they will continue to prosper and 
that others will join them. Yours truly, 
David Hollinger. 
Brethren, in looking for new homes, 
should follow the example of Brother 
Hollinger. A large number of Breth- 
ren have already located in the Turtle 
Mountain country, Devil's Lake dis- 
trict, and Red River Valley, and or- 
ganized churches. There is still room 
for many more people near the present 
colonies. These new churches desire 
more members. Why try other sec- 
tions until the land is all taken where 
the churches now exist? In numbers 
there is strength and neighborhood 
advantages. The Brethren selected 
their present location after a general 
investigation, and their judgment 
should have weight with others. 

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Classified Minutes of Annual Meeting. 

Not all the members of our church have 
that perfect knowledge of our principles, that 
is so desirable. Others there are who are well 
acquainted with the church as it exists, but 
who would like to know something of her past 
history, as regards her gradual growth and de- 
velopment. In fact, all who are interested in 
the welfare of the church, that is so dear to all 
of us, should have access to a complete com- 
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Wells and Foster Counties, 
North Dakota. 

If You Are Going to North Dakota 

this Spring, You will be Better 

Satisfied if you Locate in 

Wells and Foster 

Counties; for 

THERE ARE twp competing railroads, 
THERE ARE sixteen elevators, and numer- 

THERE ARE three rivers which 

these Counties, 
THERE ARE numerous small 

THERE ARE good markets, and coal costs 

from S1.50 to $3.00 per ton. 
THERE ARE no lands but what are tillable. 
THERE HAS BEEN an average of twenty 

bushels of No. 1 Hard 

THERE HAS NEVER been afailureof crops 
in Wells and Foster Coun- 
ties through the effect o( a 

THERE IS NO NEED of locating in the 

THERE IS NO PROFIT in buying lands on 
crop-payment plan at 

rhe high prices usually 

pcting railroads.— the Min- 
neapolis, St. Paul and 
Sault Sle. Marie R. R., 
and the Northern Pacific 
Railroad traverse Wells 
acd Foster Counties. 
The Land Department of the Northern Pa- 
ific Railroad has 2jo,ooo acres of land in Pos- 
er and Wells Counties, of which they have re 
erved three townships to be sold exclusively 
the Brethren, and have agreed to give land 
for a site, and five hundred dollars towards the 
of a church for the use of the Breth- 

The prices asked for these lands are from Sj 

•Sj Per acre, and ten years' time is given, 

with only one-tenth cash each year, at 6 Per 

cent interest. 

Many of the Brethren who located last year 

the northern part of the State have found 

that they werefaying too much for crop-payment 

lands, and have filed applications for land in 

Poster and Welts Counties. 

you want a home and a farm at better 
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ffer you in North Dakota, write me at once, 
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freight rates. Do not locate until you have in- 
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i. Phipps, 
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Brumbauch'a Glimpses from Foreign Travel. No. Jo 

Singing While Passing the Cup 

Teaching the Doctrine, 

Editorial Gleanings in the Orient. No. 6 


Hymn. By E. D. Messimore, 

Questions, .- 

The Gospel Bird 

The Blind Man 


"Thc Lord Our Righteousness."— Jer. 23:6. By S N. McCann. . 

Saturday or Sunday— Which? By G. J. Fercken, 

Uniformity in Dress. By Noah Longanecker 


The Great Helper— Luke 7:2-16 


A Case of Yellow Fever. By G. W. Lcitch, 

Thoughts from the Orient. By G. J. Fercken 

Christian Development. By Lena M. Wieand, 

The Broken Tomb 

When Work Fits Woman 


The Flight o! Time. By Emily R. Stiller Ritter 

Mission Receipts for November, 1805 


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but in mind and soul powers they are mere babes. 
Those who are interested in the study of little 
people may not have to go very far from home 
to find them by the dozens. In the judgment the 
Lord will measure the mind and soul instead of the 

Baptisms in the historic river Jordan are be- 
coming quite common, not so much so, however, 
as when Jerusalem, and all Judea and all the re- 
gions round about came to John and were bap- 
tized of him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 
Pilgrims from all parts of the civilized world visit 
the sacred stream, and not a few are so impressed 
at the time that they demand baptism, and are im- 
mersed in the stream where Jesus under the hand 
of John the Baptist set the example for fulfilling 
all righteousness. In a recent issue of the Chris- 
tian Standard A. M. Growden, writing from Jeru- 
salem, Nov. 3, relates his experience on the banks 
of the Jordan. He says: "'It* the 'Jordan' is a 
beautiful scene. Green, rich foliage, a terrace of 
rock rising like a wall of defence, a few beautiful 
birds of gay plumage, a few Greeks and a boat. 
Our friends, some on the opposite bank, and a 
Lutheran minister near where we stood. The wa- 
ter is colder than that of the Dead Sea, which reg- 
istered eighty degrees, the Jordan being sixty- 
eight degrees. A sober, earnest gentleman from 
Scotland, with whom I had become acquainted, 

The sad condition of affairs in Turkey at this 
time is summed up in this one brief extract: "So 
far as we can see, the case of the Armenians is 
hopeless, so far as man is concerned. The only 
hope is in God. Fifty thousand Armenians have 
been slaughtered, and we are credibly told that 
fifty thousand more have been forced to become 
Moslems. Nobody can have any conception of 
the awful cruelties perpetrated in the massacres, 
and the suffering since; and yet nothing has been 
done or will be done for them. It is a case that 
has called for the intervention of any one Chris- 
tian nation or of all, but they have all passed by 
on the other side. As Sir Philip Currie, the Brit- 
ish Ambassador, remarked the other day, there has 
been but one bright spot in it all, and that is the 
conduct of the American missionaries, — their hero- 
ism, their devotion, and their good sense. There 
has been nothing nobler in the whole history of 
the church. Ramazan begins in two weeks, the 
period when Turkish fanaticism burns most fierce 
ly. We pray God that he will protect our mis 
sionaries during those thirty days, as he has sc 
wonderfully done during the year past! " 

The Scientific American contains a brief account 
of a remarkable little woman, Princess Tophaz, who 
resides in Paris, She is seventeen years old, twen- 
ty-three and one-half inches tall and weighs only 
fourteen pounds. The little woman is said to be 
well formed, is in good health, intelligent, sings 
admirably and is a very brilliant conversationalist. 
She has her many friends, and to them is very 
attractive. Her intelligent and lady-like conduct 
indicate that while the body may be so dwarfed 
as to render her a rare curiosity, yet her mind 
will compare well with the generality of cultured 
People. AH over this country, however, are peo- 
ple much older than this little woman and yet 
not as large. But to determine their size we 
measure their minds and souls instead of their 
bodies. They may be men and women physically, 


what hindered?' Nothing; he w;is a believer. 
We 'both went down into the water' and he 
was buried. The service was brief, but my feel- 
ings, as I stood at that historic spot, you can im- 
agine better than I can describe them. I have 
baptized in a great many beautiful places and un- 
der many impressive circumstances, but here is a 
picture that memory will carry forevermore." 

Each month the Philosophical Society of Great 
Britain sends us something interesting along its 
line of work. The following is just to hand; 
"The subject of 'The Derivation of the Ethics of 
Buddhism ' was investigated and carefully dis- 
cussed at the first meeting for the new year of the 
Victoria Institute of London, England; its con- 
sideration being introduced in a brief paper, the 
author of which called attention to the frequency 
with which moral precepts, often similar to those 
in Holy Writ, were quoted as from Buddhist 
writings, this being very often done by Theoso- 
phists, and others, who sought to minimize the val- 
ue of the Christian Scriptures. The question 
thereupon arose, Were these precepts to be found 
in the earlier Buddhist writings, and, if not orig- 
inal, whence were they derived? A careful ex- 
amination of the Buddhist writings, and of the 
Old Testament, showed that every valuable moral 
precept inculcated by Buddha or his followers was 
freely taught by Moses and the Prophets centu- 
ries before Buddha existed; and this was scarcely 
to be wondered at, considering the light which 
had been thrown of late on the extent to which na- 
tions in earlier days held intercommunication. The 
ethics of Buddhism were evidently derived from 
those nations with whom the inhabitants of India 
had commercial and other relations, including 
the Jewish; which was in its greatest prosperity 
five hundred years before Buddha was said to 
have existed; and also later, when the Captivity 
took place, and there was a tendency towards the 
dispersal of that people. Attention was drawn 
to the evidence given by Strabo and other ancient 
writers to the great commercial intercourse ex- 

isting in the 
Persia, Parthi 
the Euxine, 
which recent 
and had bee 
the Institute 

tenth century B. C. between India, 
, Media and the countries south of 
5 well as the ancient traffic by sea 
esearch had shown to have existed, 
referred to at a recent Meeting of 
3 carried on from India round Cey- 
lon and up the Red Sea, the ships being mostly 
manned by those intrepid mariners, the Phoeni- 
cians. At the close of the evening it was an- 
nounced that one of the Institute's Committee, 
Mr. T. G. Pinches, of the Department of Oriental 
antiquities, at the British Museum, had discovered 
and deciphered some new and remarkable in- 
scriptions. These were of special interest to the 
Biblical student and would shortly be published 
for the information of all the members. Many 
applications fmm persons desiring to support the 
Institute as members or associates, having been 
received from places in England, America, India 
and the colonies, the applicants were elected and 
the meeting was adjourned." 

Bro. Fercken sends us a small package of what 
the people of Arabia call manna. It grows in 
the part of the wilderness through which the chil- 
dren of Israel passed. It is collected in the 
month of June from a shrub. One writer says it 
drops from the thorns to the sticks and leaves 
below, with which the ground is covered, and 
must be - ^hercd early in the day, before it is 

\ rv (iou : y^i^'-:.' ;-.■:,..... .xw^ the 

food on which the Israelites subsisted during 
their forty years' journey through the wilderness. 
In support of this there can be no reliable evi- 
dence, for God fed his people with a manna that 
fell from heaven, daily, excepting the Sabbath. 
The samples sent us slightly resemble very small 
peanut?. But to the people of the South we 
would say that they remind us of the chufa in al- 
most every particular,— a ground-nut raised in 
Florida and Georgia,— having the same flavor and 
appearance. The Arabs prize their manna very 
highly, and think there is no dainty superior to it 
in all that country. The supply is limited, and 
docs not find its way into many parts of the world. 
To most people this little package of manna from 
the wilderness of Arabia would prove a curiosity. 
But in the New Testament the devout Christian 
finds a heavenly manna, whose supply is inhausti- 
ble, and on that we may subsist until we reach the 
Canaan beyond the Jordan of death. Fortunate 
is the person who makes this holy manna his food 
and delight. It excels all the dainties of earth. 


Number Thirty. 
Our next walk will be to some of the places of 
worship. We say some, because we visited only a 
few out of the many — as the Jews alone have some 
seventy synagogues. And, in addition to these, 
there are many Mohammedan mosques, also Greek, 
Latin, Armenian, Coptic and Protestant churches. 
We will first take a glimpse at the Temple Plat- 
form and Mosque ElAksa, formerly, Mosque of 
Omar. To describe this fully would require a 
number of pages and more space than we have at 
command. Therefore we shall mention only a few 
of the things about the place that may be of gener- 
al interest. The Temple Platform has an area of 
about thirteen acres, and was made by building 
great walls across the low places, cutting down the 
crown of the hill, and filling up, so that as it is 


February 8, 1896. 

of building the 

now, and was at the t 

temple, largely artificial, and is considered 
one of the most interesting spots in the world. 
It is the supposed spot where Abraham was 
about to offer as a sacrifice, his son Isaac, Here 
David erected an altar, and, afterwards, his 
son Solomon erected his palace and temple, which 
he built at the command and after the direction of 
the Lord. Since then it has been, and is now, de- 
filed by idolatrous and false worship. On it we 
now have the great Mohammedan Mosque or Tem- 

After securing a Kawas from the consulate, and 
several soldiers, we enter within the walls and have 
before and around us the great platform, paved 
with stone, on which is erected the Mosque, and at- 
tachments thereto; such as places for prayer, foun- 
tains for the religious ablutions or washings, such 
as are prescribed for Mohammedans in the Koran, 

After having our shoes muffled, we enter the 
Dome of Rock which stands on a platform ten feet 
high, approached by steps which terminate in an 
arcade, or place for scales, because, at the day of 
judgment, the scales, on which all are to be 
weighed, are to be suspended here. This rock is 
fifty-seven feet long and forty-three wide, and rises 
six and one half feet above the surrounding pave- 
ment. About it many silly things are told and be- 
lieved by these blind worshipers. Underneath, 
there is an excavation in the solid rock. And here 
are pointed out small altars where David and Solo- 
mon, Abraham and Elijah did their praying; also 
one where Mohammed prayed, and as he rose from 
prayer his head went up against the rock and made 
quite an impression or hole in the rock. We saw 
the hole, but had very grave doubts about the 
prophet's head producing it. They also believe 
that this rock came down from I'araoV'; ; 
thif -r/. *" »- v,,,,)',. ,j f |f.-Aecuref 
,■' f,; "' ><■"$■ The brethren 
l 1 l. i ii>"J.ter Mohamii.^v. „ „..-_.-.. his uu, 1 was 

ferred to heaven from here, and as it was about as- 
cending this rock commenced ascending with it, 
and after it had moved upward about six feet, an 
angel laid his hand on it, and it stopped right 
there; and since then has remained where it was 
stopped, suspended in the air without any support 
whatever under it. We saw the print of the angel's 
hand that stopped it, on the rock, but it takes a 
much stronger imagination than we could call 
into being to see any likeness whatever between the 
rock mark and the angel hand. 

We were also shown the print of Mohammed's 
foot, in the rock. At two places in this mosque 
there are pillars of granite so close together that 
an ordinary man, with great difficulty, can press 
himself through. It is said that whoever could 
pass through between these pillars would be sure to 
enter Paradise. And strange as it may seem, so 
many squeezed themselves through that the pillars 
were considerably worn on the facing side. Still 
stranger is the fact that a number of deaths have 
occurred as results of trying to pass through. Iron 
pickets are now placed there to keep the foolish 
people from injuring themselves. The original 
idea that was the origin of the practice was, that 
men were to live temperate lives and to fast often, 
thus keeping their bodies down, or lean. Those 
who would not observe these physical duties would 
become fat or lusty. And if they would continue 
to indulge until they would become quite large, 
there was no hope for them being allowed to enter 
heaven. The distance between these pillars was 
accepted as a standard, and those who would indulge 
so that they would get beyond this standard would 
have to either reduce themselves in thickness, by 
temperate living and fasting, so as to be able to 
squeeze through, or be debarred from entering 

If this was to be the Gospel standard, we think 
of some just now who would have to remain with- 

else climb i 

some other way. We give this 
as a pointer to some of our heavy eaters. As we 
looked at the place and thought of the thousands, 
who, with great difficulty, pressed themselves 
through, we were reminded of the saying of our Sav- 
ior, " Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall 
hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven." The Mo- 
hammedan says, " A fat man, with great difficulty, 
shall enter Paradise." On the outside, there are 
columns some fifteen feet from the mosque wall. 
On this wall a circle of about twenty inches in di- 
ameter is made. Those who stand with their back 
against this column, then close their eyes, and walk 
towards this wall, and are able to place their hand 
within this circle, are sure to enter heaven. Sever- 
al of us made the trial and succeeded, at which our 
Kawas smiled and said that we were all right. 

On the east wall, looking over the Valley of Je- 
hoshaphat, and to the Mt. of Olives, we find a stair- 
way ascending the wall. Here is a stump of a col- 
umn, built in horizontally and protruding over the 
wall. The Muslims say that all men will assemble 
in the Valley of Jehoshaphat when the trumpet shall 
sound for the judgment. From this prostrate col- 
umn a thin wire will be stretched across to the Mt. 
of Olives. Christ will sit on the wall, and Moham- 
med on the Mount, as judges. All men must pass 
over the intervening space on the wire. The 
righteous, preserved by the angels from falling, 
will cross with lightning speed, while the wicked 
will fall down into the abyss of hell. 

Another belief is that every Mohammedan who 
makes a pilgrimage to Mecca and there makes an of- 
fering of a sheep, will, by this offering, receive a 
wire over which he must pass in the day of judg- 
ment, and that the wire will be strong in proportion 
to the value of the offering made. If a poor 
sheep or goat is offered the wire will be so poor 
that, in passine over it will break, and he 
94.9A I The Land Qetat 

10 avoid this, the very 
heep are offered when this pilgrimage is made, 
nd those who can afford it, offer two and even 
hree, that their wire to Paradise may be strong 

ration to us, such as we hoped it would be. To 
show what we mean by saying that all is a sham 
and the imagination of futile brains, we will 
quote what Christ says about the city in Luke 19; 
43, 44: " For the days shall come upon thee, that 
thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and 
compass thee round, and keep thee in on every 
side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and 
thy children within thee; and they shall not leave 
in thee one stone upon another, because thou 
knewest not the time of thy visitation." Matt. 24; 
2 says: "There shall not be left here one stone 
upon another, that shall not be thrown down." 
That this prophecy has been fulfilled there is no 
doubt, and yet, in the face of this admitted truth, 
we now have in this church, located as it is, on dis- 
puted ground, the following: "Chapel of Mel- 
chisedec; the stone of anointment; the place where 
the women stood and witnessed the anointment; 
the chapel of the sepulchre; first and second seats 
of the Patriarchs of Jerusalem; the prison of 
Christ; the place where his raiment was parted; 
the place where he was derided; the post to which 
he was tied while being scourged; the place where 
the cross was found; where the cross was raised 
and the hole in which it stood; where he was 
nailed to the cross; and a large number of other 
places,— forty in all,— that are pointed out as being 
holy and sacred spots. There are little chap- 
els, nooks and corners, and in many of them can- 
dles are burning day and night. Back of them 
and around them are images of Christ, the holy 
family, pictures, crucifixes, etc., which adds great- 
ly to the solemnity of the places to those who 
believe, of whom there are many. Indeed, their 
zeal is marvelous, though without knowledge. In 
this church the Greek Christians, the Latins or 
Roman Catholics; the Copts and the Armenians 

'o orjalLj^ll worshipj and each sect nave tneir own and sep- 
rjest "0/ 'a'rate Vpar'tmeht' for worship, 'whYTe~"some bT'tKe 

At this point we may as well tell you that it is 
made obligatory upon every Mohammedan, during 
his life, to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. Those 
that cannot or are not able, must at least make an 
effort to do so, as their hope of entering Paradise 
depends on having made this pilgrimage. All who 
have made the journey wear a white turban wound 
around their fez, so that they are always known, 
and the greater part of them have been there. 

Another legend, — to them a sacred truth, — 
and we are done with this part of the story. In 
front of the north entrance there is let into the 
ground a slab of jasper, into which Mohammed 
drove nineteen golden nails. A nail falls out at the 
end of every epoch, and when they are all gone the 
end of the world will come. One day the devil 
succeeded in destroying them all but three and a 
half, but was fortunately detected and stopped by 
an angel. These three and a half are still there, 
and we had the privilege of seeing them. How 
soon these will drop out is not known, but they 
closely watched. 

We name these things because they all stand 
connected with the "Holy Mount," where God was 
pleased to come and there dwell in his Holy Tem- 
ple, now defiled by heathenism and idolatry, thus 
showing how complete is the desolation, and how 
fully the prophecy, concerning this city, has been 

We now go to the church of the Holy Sepulchre 
which is the center of more deception and bare- 
faced sham than any other spot in the city or the 
world. If there is anything that disgusts us it is 
sham and " make believe " where there is posi- 
tively nothing certain or real, so that what we 
saw here, and shall try to tell, was not an inspi- 

more sacred places 


to all and held 


Here is where the saddest part of 
comes in. These different sects are all represented 
as being the Church of Christ, and are represented 
to the other part of the world as being Christians. 
And yet the Turkish Government has found it 
absolutely necessary to appoint Mohammedan 
guards and place them in different positions in 
this, to them, holy church, for the purpose of 
preserving order and keeping them from fighting 
and killing each other during the times of their 
worship. So deep-seated is their hatred towards 
each other, that at the least provocation they 
would fight each other unto blood and death, and 
to avoid this, these heathen guards are standing 
around with bayonetted gun and a sword dangling 
at their sides. How long can it be supposed it 
will take such Christianity to convert heathendom 
to the religion of Christ? No wonder that before 
such people the Banner of Christ, — of peace, — is 
made to trail in the dustl 

While we were standing in the place called the 
Prison of Christ, a Greek came in and knelt down 
to worship. While he was in the act of his devo- 
tion, a Copt came in for the same purpose. The 
place is small and narrow, and when the Copt saw 
his Greek brother, he at once turned his back 
towards him and stood there till the Greek was 
through. As the Greek arose from prayer he saw 
the Copt standing back of him, and the look he 
gave him was that of a fiend, rather than a Chris- 
tian. He then passed out and the Copt knelt 
down on the same spot to pray. O, how little of 
the Spirit of the Blessed Christ is here in this pro- 
fessedly Holy Temple! The place is full of so- 
called sacred relics, pictures, paintings, crucifix- 
es and altars lighted up with burning candles, but 
to tell you about them, we feel, would be neither 
interesting nor edifying. Therefore we turn away 

February 8, 1896. 


from all of it, feeling to thank God that though 
the places once made sacred by the presence of 
his dear Son, are now polluted by that which is 
worse than heathen idolatry, yet Christ has a 
church and a people who delight to worship him in 
spirit and in truth, and in temples unadorned by 
these useless and idolatrous attractions. 

We now go to the synagogues of the Jews. The 
most of these are common-place buildings with 
but little pretensions to style or architectural beau- 
ty, and the matter of comfort is, seemingly, en- 
tirely overlooked. One of those visited, and that, 
during their service, was quite ancient in appear- 
ance. The enclosure is not very large, especially 
the part devoted to worship. In the main building 
the ceiling is quite high but unadorned. The part 
in which the men worship is partly seated and has 
a pulpit or stand in the center. During worship, 
the priest, or rabbi, stands in this place to read the 
Law. Also, a number of others crowd into this 
place to do their reading, as all, from the small 
boys up, have their Hebrew Bibles, and either read 
in concert, or have responsive readings. The plat- 
form is three feet high, and as our party entered, 
we were invited forward, and also up into this pul- 
pit that we might see the roll of law, and how the 
reading is done. As seeing and hearing, on this 
occasion, was our purpose, we accepted the invi- 
tation, and took a place with the Rabbis, and 
looked upon the roll unfolding and folding as it 
was read. Anywhere else, the manner of reading 
would have been quite amusing, as the whole of 
the exercises are quite formal and devoid of ear- 
nestness and the spiritual. The service is without 
system or order, some standing, some sitting, the 
boys walking around through the congregation 
and kept from outright rudeness by receiving an 
occasional reprimand, and sometimes a slap from 
a father's hand. The most imposing part of the 
ceremony is the folding of the roll of law, care- 
fully placing it in a fine and embroidered sack or 
covering, and then carrying it away. This is done 
by the Rabbis, and as it is passed from hand to 
hand through the congregation, it is reverently 
kissed, while the audience is reciting parts of the 
law and showing other indications of religious fer- 
vor. Finally it is taken by two of the Rab- 
bis and borne to the Holy Place. This ends the 
meeting, and, without any formal service, the con- 
gregation goes out. 

During all this time, the women have been en- 
tertaining themselves, some of them by looking 
down through the latticed partition, at the con- 
gregation below, and others, perhaps, in keeping 
order among the female children. While we were 
impressed with the fact of being in the synagogue 
when the Law, held sacred by the fathers, was 
read, we were not much edified with the religious 
character of the services. 

The Jews, on the whole, as seen in Jerusalem, 
are a Christless, degenerate and enfeebled-looking 
class of people,— spiritually blind, and partially so 
physically. Poor and faded-looking eyes, espe- 
cially of the children, half closed, and eye-winkers 
pasted together by running matter from soreness 
or filthiness,— not sure which— perhaps the latter, 
as they look as if they never had been washed, 
either face or clothes. We are sorry to say it, but 
from what we saw we found them to be, as a class, 
the filthiest people in the city. They are not only 
this, but they are also a rejected people and do 
not enjoy the privileges and immunities of the 
city, that, of all cities, is most dear to them. On 
the Temple Platform, the place where their own 
temple stood as the matchless, sacred and holy 
place of God, they are not allowed to set a foot. 
The nearest they are allowed to approach it, is 
what is now called and known as the "Jews' Wail- 
ing Place." 
As we were anxious to see the place and witness 

the wailing, at several times we were there, and 
though the custom of their going there is a 
strange and seemingly, meaningless one, yet there 
is a peculiarity about it that makes it interesting 
and yet very sad. The place of wailing is on the 
inside of the wall, southwest from the Temple 
Place. They occupy a space of a hundred or more 
feet. Here they assemble to the number of sev- 
eral hundred for the purpose of weeping over the 
desolation of their beloved Zion. They stand with 
their faces towards the wall and read from their 
Hebrew Bibles, sometimes in concert, and then 
each one will read alone. And as they read, they 
show great demonstrations of grief. Outbursts of 
weeping are often witnessed and the tears of bit- 
terness are seen coursing each other down their 

On going there on Friday afternoon, we found 
already gathered there, quite a crowd, sever- 
al hundred or more of aged men and women, 
weighted down with the burdens and toils of years, 
the middle-aged, young men and women in the 
bloom and vigor of life, and even children down 
to quite a tender age,— the Rabbis, the priests,— 
the merchants and the laborer,— of different cos- 
tumes and nationalities, all, with one accord, read- 
ing and weeping and wailing as if their hearts 
would break. To see this weeping congregation 
is a touching scene, and hard, indeed, is the heart 
that is not touched and drawn out for these de- 
luded, yet sincere and zealous people. And as we 
beheld them in their devotions we were made to 
say, O, when will the stone be rolled away, the 
blindness be removed, and the sweet light of the 
Christ Gospel shine into their dark and benighted 
hearts! To them first came the offered blessings, — 
peace and life. But they rejected all, — turned 
away, and the desolation and darkness followed. 
Thev may weep and wail, but peace and prosperity 

will not return until they cease ».... 

against the True Light, and accept the Prince of 
Peace. Many of them seem to have their special 
places, where they stand at the wall; and in the 
cracks and crevices nails are driven, having ref- 
erence, we suppose, to the confession of Ezra (9: 
8), "And now for a little space, grace hath been 
shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a rem- 
nant to escape, and to give us a nail in the Holy 
Place, that our God may enlighten our eyes, and 
give us a little reviving in our bondage." 

As we witnessed this people bewailing their loss, 
the thought came to us, How weak is human judg- 
ment, how uncertain is human sight, and how very 
benighted is the soul without the illumination of 
the Divine Light! O, can it be that this people 
cannot see, will not believe and accept that for 
which their souls are hungering and thirsting? 
Yes, it can be, and how much better are we who 
are living in the full blaze of the light of the Gos- 
pel of Christ? 

To the looker-on the scene is one that awakens 
much thought. As we look at the old wall, we 
think of the years that have come and gone, of the 
changes that have taken place, the earnest expec- 
tation of this people and their disappointments, 
and yet their hoped-for King does not come, still, 
the iron heel of oppression weighs down upon 
them and they are in bondage, in their own land 
and in their own homes. 

As the Jews have always been an interesting 
people to us, we made repeated visits to this 
" wailing place," that we might, as much as pos- 
sible, get the inside life of it, and the more we saw 
of the services there held, the more we were im- 
pressed with the zeal and sincerity, and believing 
as they do, we cannot but sympathize with them, 
feeling assured that their looked-for King, and 
their long-desired restoration cannot come until 
the Gentile fulfillment is completed, and the dark- 
ness from their own eyes be rolled away. H. B. B, 


Tunt, " My Failk Loots Up to Thee." 
Savior, on bended knee 
My soul looks up to Thcc; 

O, hear me, Lord. 
O may Thy love divine 
III nil its beauty shine 
And tune my heart to Thine 

In sweet accord. 
Jesus, Thou mighty One, 
From heaven's throne look dowrr,. 

My Gracious King; 
Upon the cruel tree 
Thy blood was shed for me 
That I might ransomed be 

From death and sin. 
While on life's rugged way, 
Attend my steps I pray; 

I shall not doubt or fear 
If only Thou be near; 
O let Thy presence cheer 

And when my race is run. 
When I am welcomed home, 

My journey o'er, 
There my inspired tongue 
Shall sing the sweet, new song; 
My soul shall rest at home 

" THE LORD OUR R10.HTEOUSNESS."-Jer. 33: 6. 


" For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin; 
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." — 2 
Cor. S : 12. 

Man is Absolutely Righteous Only by God's Plan, 
Fcri~ l-.,«tl, I'iY.lcslinatcd, I'.latfl to Ki^llteousness^^ 
stand justified in his sight, hence he foreordained 
that Christ should be man's righteousness. God 
predestinated that all who should be saved, must be 
saved upon the merit of Christ, and not upon the 
merit of their own works. It is according to elec- 
tion and not according to works that we stand. 
Take away the great doctrine of election, foreordi- 
nation and predestination, and we all go down 
without one ray of hope. This is the only hopeful 
doctrine; take it away and we must be saved upon 
the merit of our works if saved at all. If we want 
to get rid of this doctrine we must cut out one 
verse from every ten in the New Testament. None 
can be saved except God's own elect. All others 
are predestined, foreordained, as a class, to eternal 
damnation. It is by predestinatk 
tion, by election that we stand, a 
of righteousness which wc can do, 
done. " Hath not the potter 
of the same lump to make one 
and another unto dishc 

>n, by foreordina- 
nd not by works 
r that we have 
;r over the clay, 
ssel unto honor, 
Rom. 9: 21. If sal- 
vation were a matter of works, the making or shap- 
ing of a vessel would not be the work of the potter 
that moulds the clay. But since salvation depends 
upon election, not upon works, it is the work of the 
potter, and clay of the same lump is moulded to 
honor or to dishonor by divine foreordination. 

To illustrate; The good moral man and the 
Christian stand upon the same plane as relates to 
works. They are both honest, truthful, benevo- 
lent, virtuous,— clay of the very same lump, but 
one goes to hell and the other to heaven. "So, 
then, it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that 
runneth, but of God that showeth mercy." Rom. 9: 

If it were a matter of works, it would be a matter 
of him that willeth and of him that runneth, but 
since it is not of works, but of grace, it is of God 
that showeth mercy. The moral man is doomed 
without the blood of Christ, hence far from God, 
that showeth mercy,— holding out to him a city of 
refuge, a free salvation, an elect household, a fore- 
ordained substitute, 


February 8, 1896, 

The Christian falls, all covered with condemna- 
tion, it measured upon the merit of his works, but 
when measured upon the merit of Christ, his sub- 
stitute, he stands justified. It is of God, the Divine 
potter, that showeth mercy, and not of him that 
willeth. " Blessed be the God and Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all 
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ac- 
cording as he hath chosen us in him, before the 
foundation of the world, that we should be holy 
and without blame before him in love; having pre- 
destinated us unto the adoption of children by Je- 
sus Christ to himself, according to the good pleas- 
ure of his will." Eph-. I! 3-5. God's children are 
chosen to be holy and without blame before the 
foundation of the world, placed in this state by 
God's own predestined plan, and not by anything 
that they can do or have done. We cannot stand 
without absolute holiness, absolute righteousness, 
and this is obtained only by "being predestinated 
according to the purpose of him who workcth all 
things after the counsel of his own will." Eph. 
1: 11. 

We can "be holy and without blame" only by 
the plan of God "who hath saved us, and called 
us with an holy calling, not according to works, 
but according to his own purpose and grace, which 
was given us in Christ Jesus before the world be- 
gan." 2 Tim. 1: 9. None can stand but God's own 
elect; all others will be lost. God's children stand 
" elect according to the foreknowledge of God, the 
Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto 
obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesu- 
Christ." 1 Pet. 1: 2. 

They stand elect, not because of any special 
foreordination to them as individuals, but because 
they have accepted God's own predestined plan by 
which a man is made to stand, "holy and blame- 
less." God foresaw that man could never waik up 
to a perfect standard, therefore he predetermined 
to offer a Perfect Substitute, Chkist our Right- 
eousness, to every one who would receive<ihe pift. 
mi (ntu ticctpi iW b ,.< ^ ^,,.1.1 according to 

the foreknowledge of God. God foresaw that 
none could be saved by works; therefore, in his 
great mercy, he predestinated a plan by which all 
could be holy, all could be righteous, by which 
every man can stand as one of God's own elect. 
"We are bound to give thanks ahvay to God for 
you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God 
hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation 
through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of 
the truth: Whcreunto he called you by our gospel, 
to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus 
Christ." 2 Thess. 2: 13, 14. 

God calls all men by his Word, by his servants, 
by the all-pervading power of his Holy Spirit, 
but only those who heed the call and accept 
Christ as their righteousness, ever become his own 
elect. Whenever a man becomes a child of God, 
it is not the man's willing that constitutes him a 
child; nevertheless no man can become a child un- 
til he wills to become one, and there is no man with 
Gospel privileges, but what may become an elect 
child of God. "And we know that all things work 
together for good to them that love God, to them 
who are the called according to his purpose. For 
whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to 
be conformed to the image of his Son, that he 
might be the firstborn among many brethren. 
Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also 
called: and whom he called, them he also justified: 
and whom he justified, them he also glorified." 
Rom 8: 28-30. 

God calls all men but only those who heed the 
call and give their love to God "are the called 


Not one of this class is saved because he wills 
to be saved, and yet not one of them could be 
saved if he did not will to be saved. Any man 
may put himself into this class if he wills to do so. 
There is not one of the class that is there without 
God's call, and not one of the class but what heed- 
ed the call and thereby became one of the elect, 
one of the called according to God's purpose. 
Men are adopted into the class after they heed the 

call and not before. When men heed the call of 
God and give him their love they are numbered 
with the elect. " What shall we then say to these 
things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him 
up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely 
give us all things? Who sha'l lay anything to the 
charge of God's elert? It is God that justifieth." 
Rom. 8: 31-33- Whoever stands saved stands so 
because he has cut loose from self, and be- 
cause he has accepted God's foreordained sub- 
stitute, the predestined righteousness of all the 
elect saints. 
Bvidgewater, Va. 



Seventh-day Baptists, Adventists, and Sabbata- 
rians of all shades and types pretend that the 
keeping of the first- day of the week (commonly 
called Sunday), instead of the seventh, known as 
Saturday, is an invention of the Roman Catholic 
Church, and that Protestants cannot prove its ob- 
servation from the Bible, but only through the 
written or unwritten tradition of the corrupt Church 
of Rome. 

To this we say that Sunday is mentioned hi tlie 
New Testament, and that it was already kept 
and hallowed in the times of the holy apostles. 

1. In Rev. 1; 10. we find a special name given to 
the first day of the week. John calls it " the Lords 
Day." In Acts 20:7 we are told that Paul re- 
mained seven days in Troas, and that on the first 
day of the week the disciples came together to 
break bread. The same apostle wrote to the 
Corinthians (1 Cor. 16; 2), "Upon the first day 
of the week let every one of you lay by him in 
store, as God hath prospered him." . . . Al- 
though these words do not directly imply that 
public services, as we understand them, were held 
-.. ouimij, yet tliey seem to indicate that the 
first day of the week was already a holy day, and 
that deeds of charity were considered as particu- 
larly expedient on that day. Heb. 10: 25 shows 
that the early Christians, at the time the epistle 
was written, had already special meeting days, 
and (from all the above-mentioned passages), that 
the keeping of Sunday commenced in the very 
time of the apostles. 

2. Others still are endeavoring to prove that the 
change of Saturday to Sunday was a heathen institu- 
tion dating from the days of Emperor Constantine about 
A. D. 320. But we challenge any of our op- 
ponents, who affirm that Sunday was the chief 
holiday of paganism, to adduce a single passage, 
from either a heathen or Roman author, which 
speaks of a weekly holiday in honor of the sun, 
whether among the Romans or pagans. The 
Romans had an am.ual holiday in honor of the 
sun, but not a weekly one. It always fell on Dec. 
25, which now commemorates the nativity of Christ. 

3. Others declare that the change of the day of 
rest, from Saturday to Sunday, constitutes a flagrant 
violation of the law of God. To this we answer 
that in the Decalogue it is not stated what day of 
the week must be kept as the seventh. We work six 
consecutive days and rest on the seventh (Sunday) 
and thus faithfully keep the fourth commandment. 
Will those who say that we transgress it, please state 
in what manner we do so? The Sabbath was a 
shadowy, transient, typical thing, made for man and 
not man for it. Hence, why so much Puritanical 
over-precision for a " slrndow of things to come " ? 

4. Christianity bases the keeping of Sunday on 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ who rose from the 
dead on the first day of the Jewish week. It is 
worth our consideration to mark that the four 
evangelists point out very exactly the day of our 
Lord's resurrection,-a thing which does not oc- 
cur in as many important events of the life of our 
Savior, viz., his birth, baptism, transfiguration, etc., 
—the Holy Spirit thus making the day precious 
and memorable to the followers of the crucified 
;«sus, It is, no doubt, for this reason that the 

primitive church has held her religious meetings 
on that day, and that the Christians of subsequent 
ages have followed this apostolic example until 

Punctilious Sabbatarians must not forget that 
St. Paul absolutely rejected the Sabbath day with 
circumcision. Gal. 4: 10; 5: 2-6; Col. 2: 16, 17. 

Smyrna, Asia Minor. 



The design of dress is two-fold, (1) expediency; 
(2) comfort. 

Expediency should ever lead, and should never 
be set aside by comfort, else the cross will be of 
none effect. The thoughtful Bible student will 
at once see the force of this principle. But more 
of this later on. 

Man is a compound being, consisting of spirit, 
soul and body. " I pray God your whole spirit, 
and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto 
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thess. 

5: 23- 

The prayer, "The very God of peace sanciify 
you wholly," refers to this ENTIRE being. The 
kingdom of God is to affect the whole man. 
" The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, 
which a woman took, and hid in three measures 
of meal, till the whole was leavened." The term 
"three" is not used for naught by Christ in this 
parable. Godliness has a form, and this form will 
manifest itself in the spirit, soul, and body. The 
body is inert; it cannot move itself. It can only 
move as affected by the mind. Every word is an 
index of the mind. Every act is an index of the 
mind. Satan may imitate to deceive and destroy, 
but his hypocrisy can never annul this principle. 
The sheep will ever have their clothing, no differ- 
ence how many wolves assume their clothing to 
deceive anddcvuui. Lei ilic unbeliever remember 
tins uuili when he brings up his carcass of formal- 
ists and hypocrites to offset this principle. The 
body being only matter, and therefore inert, can 
only be affected by the mind. Would we have 
a sameness of action, we must have a sameness 
of mind. Would we have a oneness of action, 
we must have a oneness of mind. Uniformity of 
mind will ultimately bring about uniformity of 
actions. Does the Bible teach this sameness, one- 
ness and uniformity of mind? The universal 
answer will be, It certainly does. " Be of the 
same mind." Rom. 12:16; Phil. 4:2. " Be of one 
mind." 2 Cor. 13: 11; 1 Pet. 3:8. Read carefully 
John 17. In this line we have " precept upon pre- 
cept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line 
upon line; here a little and there a little." Isa. 
28: 10. Says one, How, then, would you harmonize 
this with the following: " Many men of many 
minds " ? 

The degeneracy of the human mind accounts 
for all this. To bring about a oneness of mind, 
there must be a renewing of the mind. This re- 
newing of the mind will bring about a transforma- 
tion of the entire man. Rom. 12: 2, " Be not 
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed 
by the renewing of your mind." Form is the shape 
of anything, to distinguish from the material. To 
be conformed- to the world is to be like it in char- 
acter, manners, form, etc. To be transformed is 
to be changed in character, manners, life, form, 
etc. If the mind is to be renewed, then we must 
necessarily have a model. This model we have 
in Christ. " Let this mind be in you, which was 
also in Christ Jesus." Philpp. 2: 5. " We have the 
mind of Christ." 1 Cor. 2: 16. If we are trans- 
formed by the renewing of our minds, then we 
"may prove what is that good, and acceptable, 
and perfect will of God." 

We have said our actions are an index of the 
mind. When we dress our bodies, we act. Uni- 
formity of mind will bring about uniformity of 
action. Therefore uniformity of mind will Ulti- 
mately bring about uniformity in dress. God's 
Word contains God's thoughts. By his Word we 
may know when we have the mind of Christ. 

February 8, 1896. 


uely, or expedient, 
when churches were 
.id that women then 

Of this CHASTITY. 

We have said that the design of dress ,=, 
pediency and comfort. By "expediency" we here 
mean that which is profitable, conducive to advan- 
tage, fit or proper; or, if you p l easei « C0MELY " 
Apply this rule to the head-dress, referred to by 
Paul in I Cor. 11:6, and what have we? The veil 
was generally used by women in the East as a 


was an emblem of maiden modesty before men, 
(see Gen. 24:65); an emblem of conjugal chastity 
and subjection. See Gen. 20: 16 and Num. 5: 18. 

This was especially true of Jewish women. How- 
ever comfortable it would have been for women 
to appear unveiled, or uncovered, in time of pub- 
lic worship at Corinth, in time of Paul's writing, 
it would not have been "coi 
But how was it in America 
first organized here? It is ss 
wore some sort of a cap as a s 
modesty and subjection. Hence th> 
pediency, or comeliness, was applied by most of 
churches then. Would it have been comely, or 
expedient, then and there, for women to appear 
otherwise in public worship? * 

The use of carpets in Brethren's houses, and 
the wearing of boots by brethren, were once con- 
sidered inexpedient; and they were. Has the 
Word changed? No. The careful reader will 
know how to apply this principle. This principle 
forbids all adorning of the body. Adorning the 
body is of no advantage. It is not profitable. To 
adorn is to decorate, to embellish, to put on ad- 
juncts for display or show, and thus beautify or 
make attractive. " Whose adorning let it not be 
that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and 
of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel." 
I Pet. 3:3. 

When a mother plaits the hair of her children 
for comfort and advantage, she merely dresses the 
children according to the rule of expediency. 
She does not adorn their heads. Such plaiting 
the hair is not forbidden. But should she add ad- 
juncts, and in any way embellish or decorate to 
make attractive, then she adorns in so doing, and 
violates this rule of Paul and Peter. 

The same rule applies in the wearing of gold. 
Wearing of gold buttons, charms, watch-cases and 
chains, finger-rings, breastpins, etc., all fall in line 
of adorning, and are forbidden. But how about 
" putting on of apparel " ? Apparel is clothing. 
To clothe or dress our bodies with apparel for 
comfort and expediency is our duty. But to 
adorn our bodies in putting on apparel is positive- 
ly forbidden. The Brethren's advice on the dress 
i always been in line with this rule, 
nembers may differ now and then as 
ire unneces-ary adjuncts to apparel, 
differ where the line of necessary 

question ha 
Individual 1 
to what a: 

clothing ends, and the line of unnecessary adorn- 
ing begins. 

What, then, is the Gospel rule to secure that 
sameness, or oneness of mind, in all these things? 
We twice read, " In the multitude of counsellors 
there is safety." Prov. 11:14; 24:6- Rea d also 
Prov. 15:22. This rule Christ taught in Matt. 
18: 17. In all such matters each individual mem- 
ber is to hear the united advice of the church. 
The apostles observed this rule in forming a one- 
ness of mind on matters where they were not of 
one mind. Read Acts 15. In Matt. 18 the safe 
Bible rule is taught. In Acts 15 it is beautifully 
exemplified. If each individual member submits 
to this safe Bible rule, there will be a oneness of 
mind;' and this oneness of mind will bring about 
a oneness of action. Apply this rule to the dress 
question, and you will have a uniformity in dress. 

Let us illustrate: Take for instance the collar 
on the brethren's coat. Some considered the large 
collar turned down as merely an adornment. Oth- 
ers thought differently. Hence the safe rule of 
the Bible, referred to above, was applied and a 
uniformity of mind was attained. The ultimate 
result of this uniformity of mind will be uniformity 
of action. What a wonderful power for unanimity 
of mind the above safe Bible rule has been to 
God's peoplel^It will ever be so when Ps. 110:3 

will be their characteristic. "Thy people shall 
be willing in the day of thy power." 

Says one, the Bible rule of non-adorning the 
body will only bring about plainness of dress. We 
have shown by fair illustration that plainness of 
dress, as brought about by the safe B.ble rule of 
the non-adornment of the body, will bring about 
uniformity in dress. 

We have been strongly urged to present some 
thoughts on the dress question, hence the above. 
One dear brother writes the following: "The dress 
question is the only great question I have to meet 
now, and I meet it almost daily." We know how 
he intends the word "great" to be understood. 
The dear brother presents the following critical 
questions: (1) "Should a member who is strong 
in every doctrine of the church, except in the uni- 
formity, be held as a member? " By all means, 
if he is susceptible of being taught. The mission 
of the church is to save, and not to destroy. We 
are saved by faith, and faith cometh by hearing. 
Part of Christ's great commission to the church is, 
"teaching them to observe all things." The 
church power lies in "teaching." Wherever she 
fails in this, her mission is a failure. (2) " If such 
a member should be admonished and borne with 
for a time, should he or she be admitted to the 
Communion? If not, please explain the Scripture, 
" If ye eat not, ye have no life in you." It is bet- 
ter not to eat, than to eat with offense. However, 
this question has so many bearings that it will 
not do to answer it with an affirmative or negative. 
The Bible rule is the only safe one here. It is 
found in Rom. 14. The summary is found in 
Rom. 15:1-4. If this rule were more fully under- 
stood and observed by us all, there would be more 
harmony and uniformity in all things. Let none 
of us rest in the illustrations used by Paul, and 
fail to apprehend the principle. We do not wish 
the reader to make a hobby of the body, to the 
neglect of the spirit and soul. The careful reader 
will observe that we labored in this line of thought. 

HhYlniUi. Dhisi 

To indulge the money-getting propensity at the 
expense of higher and nobler feelings will tempt s 
man to get money at the expense of his fellows 
Such is sure to be the result if the love of money i: 
allowed to dominate the life. The Psalmist says 
" If riches increase set not your heart upon them." 




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Time. — Perhaps early autu 
long after last lesson. 

Places.— Capernaum, a city on the n< 
em shore of the Sea of Galilee, and Nain, 
Galilean village about twenty-two miles si 
from Capernaum. 

Persons. — The centurion, his servant, the eld- 
ers of the Jews, the people of Nain, the widow, her 
son, and Jesus, the Great Healer. 

Introductory. — After the close of the Sermon 
on the Mount, from which our last lesson was 
taken, Jesus and his disciples returned to Caper- 
naum, where the centurion's servant was healed. 
From here they set out on their second mission- 
ary tour through Galilee, and while on this jour- 
ney he raised the widow's son at Nain. 


I. Nearness of relation. The servant of the cen- 
turion who was sick was one " who was dear unto 
kirn!' It certainly sreaks well for this centurion 
that he had a servant who was dear unto him. 
The relation between the employer and the em- 
ployed, the master and the servant, is not always 
as near and intimate as it should be. He whose 
vocation makes it necessary for him to employ 
much labor, perhaps has no greater opportunity 
of doing good than in the exercise of a proper in- 
fluence over those in his employ. At any rate it 

is well to remember that when with his servants, a 
man needs his religion as much as at any other 

And we ought to be reminded here, too, that 
there is no relation in life so near and dear, so 
cherished and sacred, but that sickness and death 
may sever it. Let all our relations in this life be 
sanctified by the love of God. Then, when death 
comes, we may feel, not that the ties are forever 
broken, but that we merely suffer a momentary 
separation in the crossing of the dark, narrow 
stream, and that we shall soon again be brought 
together in a sweet and perfect and everlasting un- 
ion on the other shore. 

2. Jesus sought " And when he heard of Jesus, 
he sent unto him." There are not enough of us 
that go to Jesus in time of sickness. The centu-" 
rion was richly blessed by his sending to the Mas- 
ter, and I know of no reason why we may not be 
blessed under similar circumstances to-day. The 
Lord says, "Ask and ye shall receive." "Is any 
among you afflicted? let him pray," says James. 
There is no reason why the sick should put off 
their praying and their call to the elders for 
anointing till they are near death's door. We 
need not, nor should we wait till we arc dan- 
gerously sick, but it is our privilege to come at any 
and all times. And to stay away from the Lord 
when we might come, indicates a serious lack of 
faith or criminal indifference to our own highest 

3. The ground of hope. On the ground of what 
he had done for them, the centurion now hoped 
that the Jewish elders would plead his case before 
the Lord. And they did. They said he "was 
worthy." The man who never goes to the Lord 
except when he is in trouble can hardly expect as 
much as he whose life is ever full of good works. 
Groans and petitions are not enough as long as 
there is any occasion for gratitude and gifts. 


1. The good of bereavement. "When the Lord 

funeral train, so far as the record shows, there was 
but one object that called lorth the compassion of 
the Lord and led to the bestowment of his spe- 
cial blessing,— and that was a bereaved mother. 
It seemed like the saddest of visitations that this 
poor widow should lose her only son; but had it 
not been for this, perhaps she never would have 
come in personal contact with the Lord. So of- 
ten it has happened since that time that some 
great adversity, sore affliction or sad bereavement 
has brought the sufferer into a more sacred near- 
ness with Christ than he had ever known before. 
Let us not chafe too much under the heavy yoke, 
or sigh and complain when the day is dark; the 
Lord may be near and about to bestow an un- 
looked-for blessing! 

2. The sting of death removed. " He that was 
dead sat up." " God hath visited his people." It 
was almost nineteen hundred years ago that the 
Lord Jesus appeared in the flesh, moved about 
among men and proved himself the resurrection 
and the life by the performance of miracles like 
the one of which we have an account in this les- 
son. And so long ago has it been that the real 
significance of the fact is in a great measure lost 
•sight of to-day. We may rejoice, and ought to 
rejoice, as much in the power of Christ over death 
as manifested then, as did the people of his own 
day. He hath robbed the grave of its victory and 
death of its sting, and that for all time. The 
Lord in spirit stands by the weeping mothers and 
wives, and broken-hearted fathers and husbands, 
and the poor orphans of this generation, and bids 
them, "Weep not!" Had it not been for the great 
Death-conqueror's work in our behalf, the human 
race would have been one long funeral procession 
of inconsolable mourners. But now the world 
to come is as real as the present. Henceforth let 
us live this life as but the beginning of that which 
is without end! Verily, "God hath visited his 
people." James M. Neff. 

Fruitdale, Ala. 


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Can you put the spider's web back in place 

That once has been swept away? 
Can you put the apple again on the bough 

Which fell at our (cet to-day? 
Can you put the lily-cup back on Ihe stem, 

And cause it to live and grow? 
Can you mend the bulterjly's broken wing 

That you crushed with a hasty blow? 
Can you put the bloom again on the grape, 

And the grape again on the vine? 
Can you put the dewdrops back on the flow; 

And make them sparkle and shine? 
Can you put the petals back on the rose? 

If you could, would It smell as sweet? 
Can you put the Rower again on the husk, 

And show me the ripened wheat? 
Can you put the kernel again in the nut, 

Or the broken egg in the shell? 
Can you put the honey back in the comb. 
Can you put the perfume back in the vase 

When once it has sped away? 
Can you put the corn silk back on the corn, 

Or down on the catkins? Say, 
You think my questions are trifling, dear? 





f It was in the autumn of 1872 that myself and 
my two sisters, Mary and Margaret Leitch, left 
our Vermont home, and, taking the money which 
we had earned upon the old farm, went South and 
opened schools for the poor freedmen. My sis- 
ters opened a day school and a night school in 
Alexandria, Virginia, where they taught some 
two hundred pupils. I went on beyond and 
opened a school in Warrenton, teaching a day 
school and an evening school, the aggregate at- 
tendance being about two hundred. The need 
was great, the people were utterly ignorant, the 
work was severe, but it was gladly done without 
pay or reward, for the sake of Christ and his poor. ■ 

While we were engaged in this work, in the 
early spring of 1873, the yellow fever appeared in 
Alexandria and raged terribly. It was required 
that a yellow flag be displayed from every house 
where the yellow fever was; and my sisters could 
stand, and from their schoolhouse door count thirty 
of time yellow flags, which told of the dreaded 
ravages of the terrible disease. Their pupils were 
coming from all quarters, and it would seem al- 
most impossible for the teachers to escape the 
dreadful scourge; but they prayed and trusted and 
labored on. 

My school was kept in the old government bar- 
racks, and I had a room there where I slept. One 
morning just before school-time, a messenger came 
to me with a telegram from Alexandria, inform- 

ing me that my eldest sister, Mary, was taken with 
the yellow fever, and requesting me to come at 
once. The telegram had been received some time 
before, yet it was not delivered until after the train 
llad gone; and when I inquired why the telegram 
was held back, the operator professed not to know 
where to find me, — a statement which required 
some faith on my part to accept, as it would have 
probably been hard to find another person in town 
who did not know the whereabouts of "the nigger 
teacher." But the train was gone, and there was 
no help for it; and there was no other train until 
the next morning. The distance to Alexandria 
was some forty or fifty miles, the roads were thick 
with Virginia mud, and there was nothing I could 
do but wait and pray. 

I was distressed in spirit, and went down to the 
house of a godly colored woman, whom I knew as 
an earnest Christian, and asked her to join with me 
in prayer that the Lord would heal my sister. We 
offered up our united petitions, and I was never 
given faith to ask for any temporal thing as I 
was to ask for that. We plead the promises of 
Christ, and believed that we did receive the things 
we asked for. We left the matter then with the 
Lord. Before night I received another telegram 
stating that my sister was well. I firmly believe 
that the Lord healed her in answer to prayer. 
That sister still lives, though twenty years have 
passed away, and now, in far-off Ceylon, superin- 
tends missionary work in a field of 40,000 people. 
She has a large number of schools, taught by ear- 
nest native Christian teachers, and is still holding 
forth the Word of Life, in that dark and benighted 



The heart will always have something to wish 
for and something to regret, until Christ has blot- 
ted out its past and illumined its future. 

Self-denial is a thing that is most admired and 
the least practiced. 

If I knew a place where my "old man" could 
not follow me, there would I pitch my tent. 

One begins to be something 
be nothing. 

vhen he begins to 

Persecution has done more to propagate the 
Gospel than all the preachers combined. 
* * • 

Old people who mercilessly censure and con- 
demn the pleasures of youth must be compared to 
a selfish traveler who disturbs the waters of a 
spring after he has quenched his thirst. 

If young people must remember that they will 
grow old sometime, old people must not forget 
that they were once young, and that it was not so 
easy then to avoid what they now call weaknesses 
and vices. 



As there are different degrees of perfection in 
Christian character, so there are different means 
for developing Christian character. 

The character that develops most rapidly and 
most beautifully, is the one that receives the sharp- 
est corrections and endures the severest pangs. 
To accept gladly these chastisements from the 
hand of the Master, and endure them unflinching- 
ly, reveals but the true spirit of Christian charac- 

When suffering follows suffering, and disap- 
pointment follows disappointment, all must be ac- 
cepted without a murmur. The Master-hand deals 
out in love what his wisdom knows is best. To 
know this, is it not enough? Sometimes, but not 
now, we shall understand. 

Let us, therefore, exercise more confiding faith 

in Omnipotent Love, and trust 
send us what he will. 
Mt. Morris, III. 

sdom to 


There is a story told of a German countess, who 
was a skeptic, that before her death she gave mi- 
nute directions as to the forming of her tomb. It 
was to be solidly built, with strong iron clasps to 
hold down the stone slab covering to the parts be- 
neath, and on the slab this inscription was to be 
placed: "This burial place, purchased to all eter- 
nity, must never be opened." But a small seed, 
which had chanced to fall between the covering 
and the stone it rested upon, germinated and 
grew. The expansive power of its growth, con- 
tinued year by year, in time broke the iron clasps 
from their moorings, and finally reduced the tomb 
itself to a shapeless ruin. How vain are the at- 
tempts of men to gainsay God's purposes! He 
has declared in his Word that there shall be a res- 
urrection, and in his own appointed time a resur- 
rection there will be, despite the skepticisms and 
unbelief of men. 


Elevate Domestic Service and Check the Mad Rush of 
Girls for Business Life. 

Edward W. Bok, in February Ladies' Home 
Journal, considers editorially " When Work Fits 
Woman," a text under which he enters emphatic 
and vigorous protest against the mad rush of wom- 
en to seek employment in mercantile and manu- 
facturing establishments. The article is evidently 
inspired by the recent public utterances of one of 
the largest employers of women in Pennsylvania, 
who, in raising his voice against this evil, asserts 
" that more wrong has been done to thousands of 
girls who have gone into our commercial houses 
than the world dreams of," and urges young wom- 
en who are seeking positions, to engage as domes- 
tics where they are safe from danger, where their 
surroundings would be elevating and congenial, 
and in a field which greatly needs them. 

Mr. Bok emphasizes these utterances and goes 
farther, saying: "The fact cannot be disputed that 
no single factor in modern life is doing so much 
to degenerate our young womanhood as this mad 
race on the part of girls, impelled by necessity or 
not, to go into the business world. These may 
sound like strong words to the ears of some, but 
to those who are really cognizant of the immen- 
sity of the evil results that are being wrought, 
they will simply fit the case and not go beyond it. 
In altogether too many of our commercial and in- 
dustrial establishments, stores and factories, the 
men into whose hands is given the power to em- 
ploy and control girls are not fit, from a moral 
standpoint, to herd swine. And yet thousands of 
our young women are allowed to go from their 
homes to work under the influence of these men, 
and in the atmosphere vitiated by them. And 
why? Simply because it is considered more 're- 
spectable' to be employed in an office, store or 
factory, than to be engaged in domestic service. 
The very word 'servant 'has a taint about it that 
the majority of young women dislike, and from 
which they flee. But what else are they in busi- 
ness establishments than servants, pure and simple? 
There can be no difference but an imaginary one. 
That is all. Far less leniency is shown in our 
business houses to women employees than is 
shown, as a rule, in our homes to domestic help,— 
infinitely less." 

Mr. Bok further argues that if the mistress 
would seek to elevate domestic work, to treat serv- 
ants with greater consideration, and to have the 
daughters of the family show some active interest 
and participation in household work, better, more 
intelligent and more reliable women would be at- 
tracted to the kitchens of our homes, and the de- 
structive rush of young girls to work in stores, 
counting-houses and factories, would be largely 
checked, and a modern evil to a great extent cur- 

February 8, 18 


General Missionary g Tract Department 


E. Eby, Chairman 

D. L. Miller, Vice-Chairman and Tre 
5. F. Sanger, 

Isaac Frantz,. 




s^nnSt ^1^ '!ri 

and Tract Commiti 

Morris, III. 


N B. Rover, Secreta 



On the coast of Africa, and especially in Liberi 
there is a little bird whose sweet notes seem d: 
tinctly to say, " Go! preach the Gospel! gol" To 
many who for the first time hear it, it so clearly ut- 
ters these words that they can scarcely be persuad- 
ed that it is not a human voice. An English offi- 
cer, as he first heard it, supposed it was a paroquet 
trained to utter the expression. And so plain is 
the utterance, that the little songster has long since 
received the name of " The Gospel Bird." A lady 
to whom the facts were related, was so struck with 
them, that she wrote the following lines, which I 
am permitted to send to your paper: 

What voice is that, so softly clear, 
Now heard afar, now hovering near, 
Amid the murmurs of the breeze 
That sigh among the plantain trees? 
A voice that utters words I know — 
"Gol preach the Gospel! Gol" 

Is it a spirit sent from God 
To point his messenger a road 
Through jungles dense, or deserts wild. 
To reach his far-off heathen child? 
Whence comes that urgent pleading low— 
" Gol preach the Gospel! Go! "? 

Nay, not a spirit; from a bird 
Those words of high import are hear 
Thus in this strange, benighted land 
I seem to hear God's own command: 
For Christ's sake who has loved us s 

rh the Go 


Oh, t 

1 the tiny seed, 
/ide its shade to bless 

Thou blessed bird! 

Is heard that const; 

The message of a love divine 

Shall speed through all this land of thine 

Until the powers of darkness fly 

Like night before day's glowing eye. 

Ah, yes, no power has e'er withstood 

The quiet force of love and goad; 

Slowly, but surely, on they s 

As springs towards he 

And stretches i 

The wanderers in the wilderness. 

Sing on, sweet bird, thy heaven-taught lay, 
Until shall dawn that glorious day, 
When, through the Gospel truth made free, 
Thy land hath no more need of thee, 
Thou prophet-voice, who urgest so, 
" Gol preach the Gospell Go! " 

—Selected or Mollie Munch. 



' Moments make the hours, hours make the days ; 
days make weeks, months and years. Each day 
passing o'er us brings us nearer our home the one 
prepared for those who have labored fa.thfully in 
the vineyard of the Lord. 

Last evening, while listening to the mus.c of a 
beautiful and novel instrument, the thought came, 
What must the lovely strains be in the New Jeru- 
salem! And as the music ceased and the vibrations 
gradually died away, the thought came, How sw - 
fy time is passing to eternity, and how many sou 
are daily passing away! But a deeper and more 
lasting thought than this, How many, thus passing 
away, have lived the life of the righteous, so that 
their last days may be like his? 

Reader, do you ever think that your life is pass- 
ing away with the ticking of the clock? You must 
be busy in the Master's service, for, sooner or later, 
time will cease with you, and you will land in eter- 
nity without the welcome plaudit, " Well done. 

Mi. Pleasant, Pa. 


Should there be any amount sent in during the month that is 
not herein acknowledged, please notify the Secretary immedi- 
ately, giving amount, date of sending, and how sent. Correc- 
tions for this month, if any, will appear in connection with next 
month's report. Usually, amounts mailed after the 28th of a 
month appear in the following month's report. 
{Used only for Milium in U. S.. Denmark and S-.oeden.) 
Illinois.— Waddam's Grove church, $10.50; Lanark 
church, $20; Sterling church, S6.60; Bro. Fahnestock, 50 
cents; Georgetown Sunday school of Cherry Grove 
church, St 1.30; Naperville Miss., $6.60; Napervillc 
Tract, $2.90; Rock River church, $15.25; a sister, Cher- 
ry Grove, SS; D. Barrick. Byron, SI; Mrs. Correll, Mt. 
Morris, Si; Sunday school at Mt. Morris, $25.82; Silver 
Creek church, 50 cents; Silver Creek church, $4. 25; A. 
J. N.and wife, Oakley, S24 50; Joe Price, Mt.M0rris.S3; 
Maple Grove Sunday school of Silver Creek church, $2; 
Silver Creek church, $12.50; Millcdgeville church, $2.95; 
Naperville church, $3-32; Cerro Gordo church, $12.12; 

total S200 61 

Iowa.— Lovers of the Cause, Adel, $5; Mary Emmert, 
Mt. Vernon, S25; English River church, $10.17; South 
Keokuk church, S3; South Waterloo Sunday school, 
$10; Lewis M. Rob and wife. Si ; Spring Creek church, 

$7.84; total, $ 62 o 

Ohio. — Peter Neff, Sugar Creek, $2; Lower Miami 
church, S9.70; Loramies church, Si. 77; Oakland church, 
Darke Co., S7-06; Logan church, Logan Co., S5; abroth- 
er, Zanesville, $1; Lydia Showalter, Waidsworth, 55 
cents; Chippewa church, $5. 30; Lower Stillwater church, 

S23.83; Rome church, S3.43; total S 5g 64 

Nebraska.— Weeping Water church, $[4; J. S. Gabel, 
Lincoln, $io; Mary E. Brooks, Salem, Si; Howard 
Kreps, Salem, 50 cents; Dessa Kreps, 50 cents; South 

Beatrice church, S3; total, S 29 Co 

Indiana.— Jemima Kobb, Linwood, 50 cents; Solo- 
mon's Creek congregation, S12.59; Mary M. Mishler, 
Kokomo, 50 cents; Nettle Creek church, so cents; 

South Bend church, 91.30; total, S15 39 

Pennsylvania— -Mary Rohrer, Honey Grove, socents; 
L. C. and L. E., $5; a brother and sister, Scalp Level, 

$2; Phcebe Zook, Mattawana, 50 cents; total $ 8 00 

• Missouri.- -H. H. Slabaugh, Lamar, $3.34; Mrs. Mat- 
tie Foster, Springfield, Si; a brother, Unionville, $2. 50; 

total, S 6 84 

Marylana — James -r.>*t>», d-i*.'-,«™ sc- - 

brother, Union Bridge, 50 cents; total $ S S° 

Florida.— Mm. G. W. King, $5 ; total $ 5 °° 

Michigan.— A member, Thomapple church, %i; total,* 5 00 

Oregon.— Mohawk Valley chu1ch.S4.25; total, S 4 25 

Kansas— F.N. Sargeant, 718 Market St., Emporia.Sl; 
unknown, Conway Springs, $1 ; Susan Codnan, Annelly, 

25 cents; a brother and sister, Peabody, $1 ; total S 3 25 

Louisiana.— Roanoke church, $2.70; total $ 2 70 

Virginia- A brother, Spring Creek, $1; Pleasant 

Valley church, Mt. Sidney, $1-5°: total % 2 50 

Marriage Notices.— Andrew Chambers, Va., Si ; Isaac 
Myers, 111., 50 cents; Henry Etter, Mo., 50 cents; total,. $ 2 00 

lowa.—M. W. Emmert, 1606 Lyon St., Des Moines, 
$1.20; Samantha Morgan, 50 cents; Christ Faucett, 50 

cents ; total * 2 20 

California— Tropico church, $1-70; Angeline Reese, 

Sanger, 25 cents; total ■ 8 ' « 

Minnesota.- Z. G. Atkinson, $i ; total $ 1 00 

Missouri— H. H. Slabaugh, Lamar, S3-33; a brother, 
Unionville, S2.50; total, $ 5 83 

Nebraska.—]. S. Gable, Lincoln, $5; Edward Keller, 
Octavia, 10 cents; total S 5 IO 

l'cHnsylmmia.-L. and C. and L. and E., $1; Mrs. J. 
C. Henderson, Etna, S3: Montgomery church, $1; total, $ 5 00 

Indiana- Center View church, $1; a sister, Middle- 

dletowu, $1 ; Jemima Kob, Linwood, 50 cents; , 

P.ymcmlh,$l; total S 3 So 

Tgxta.— Mary Marchman, Estacado, $1.75; total $ I 75 

Kansas.— Brother and sister Zolitz, Solomon City, Si; 
Susan Codnan, Annelly, 25 cents; total,.. $ I 25 

California.— A brother, Lordsburg, $1 ; total S I 00 

North Carolina.— Antoinette Sides, Salem, 50 cents; 

total, $ 50 

Colorado— William Pontius, Denver, 50 cents, total, .$ 50 

Total $ 4968 

( To of mod In tie Minion In Alia Minor.) 
Illinois.— D. Barrick, SI; Silver Crsek church, $1; 
,\l,s. II. W. Brinkcrhoff, 826 Millbcrry St., Rockford, 
$1; Silver Creek church, $12.50; Elsie Mershburn, Es- 
tacado, 15 cents; Austin Mershburn, Kstacado, locents; 
Naperville church, $7.25; Pigeon Creek church, $1.77: 

Cerro Gordo church, $12.13; total $ 3 6 9° 

Indiana. — Mary M. Mishler, Kokomo, Si; Upper 

Deer Creek church, $1.52; , Plymouth, $1; 

Rock Run church, SK.68; Springfield church, $9.40; St. 
Joseph church, $2.60; H. W. Barr, Arcadia, $1; a sister, 
Middlctown, Si; Jemima Kob, Linwood, 50 cents; 
Wesley Weaver, Brimlield, $1; Will Weaver, Brim- 
field, $i; a sister, Cambridge City, $1; sister Lou B. 

Rohrer, Walnut, $3.50; total $ 33 20 

Iowa.— J. Edwin Jones, Grundy Center, 1; a sister, 
Dry Creek church, $2; Greene church, $11.17; Liberty- 
ville church. S3.38; M. W. Emmert, 1606 Lyon St., Des 

Moines, $1 ; total S 18 55 

Kansas- Brother and sister Zolitz, $1 ; 0. P. J., Dun- 
lap, $5; Catherine Newkirk, Mich. Valley, $1; Salem 
Berry and wife, McCune, $5; Susan Codnan, Annelly, 

25 ccnls; O/awkie church, $3.25; , Hcrington, 

$2.35; toial S 17 85 

Pennsylvania.— -L. A. and L. E., $1; Geo. S. Roland, 

Mountville, $10; total ■ S H 00 

Nebraska— Y. E. Sandig, Decatur, $2; J. S. Gabel, 

Lincoln, S5; South Beatrice church, $1; total $ 8 00 

Ohio.— Lower Miami church, 25 cents; a sister, Lev- 
Co., 50 ccnls; Sunday school girls, Bradford, 65 ccnls; 
Eagle Creek Church, Si ; Rome church, $3.43; total,. ■■■$ 7 83 
California— A sister, Sanger, $1.30; a brother and 

sister, Lordsburg, SS: total, 8 6 30 

Tenncssee.-VuvM P. Sherfy, Johnson City, $5; total.S 5 00 

Missouri.— H. H. Slabaugh, Lamar, $3.33; total S 3 33 

Michigan— Berrien church, S1.35; total S 1 35 

North Carolina— Antoinette Sides, Salem, 50 cents; 

total f So 

A rieona.— Mary Parrett, Phcciiix, 40 cents; total,. . .$ 40 

Total, ■ 

(Vied only for Publication and Distribution of T 
Iowa— English River church, $1.75; total,.... 

California.— Tropico church, $1.30; total 

Indiana.- Jemima Kob, Linwood, 25 cents; 

Mishler, Kokomo, 65 cents; total 

Illinois.— Silver Creek church, 40 cents; total,. 

Kausas.-Susun Codnan, 25 cents;total 

Louisiana.— Roanoke church. 


.$i S o : 

IA home in Waihington it grtatly needed In order that the church there 

1 iy ,/„ ,„.',.< '//■ clu,,/ wort and have the attt'iittane of a permanent home, 
•'■he t ■„,„,„. tt.r frofoiei to hulld ai toon ai ittfficlent fundi are raited. 
)„n,,tt.m < matted thai (■) are In reiponie to litter Etta Witliami' propo- 

Pennsylvania.— Christian Endeavor Society, $10; An- 
lie Keim, Elklick, $5; a brother and sister, 50 cents; 

Urs.D. Kauffman, Huntingdon, socents; total $ 16 Co 

Illinois.— Milledgeville church, 86.12; total $ 6 12 

Maryland— Caleb Long, Boonsboro, $s; total $ S 00 

Virginia— A sister, Culpeper, $5 ; total * 5 °° 

Indiana— A sister, Middletown, $1; total S 1 00 

Kansas.-Vnknown , Caney, 23 cents; total S 23 

11I5; total,. 


1 Vlt-d far either Missionary or Tract Work a! needed by 
Illinois.- -Pleasant Hill church, $16.90; """ 

Virginia- -S. E. Brunk, Good's Mills, 

Total * 

( C/ied only for the Minion In India. ) 
Illinois.— V). Barrick, Byron, $1; Woodland Sunday 
school, Astoria, S8; Silver Creek church, (1; total,.... ■% 
CV,:'».-Joseph S. Barb, Oakfield, 50 cents; Lower Mi- 
ami church, 25 cents; a sister, Leverings, $i; a sister, 
Lodi, $1; Oakland church, Darke Co., 50 cents; Logan 

Sunday school, DeGraff, $6; total 8 

Iowa —A sister, Dry Creek church, S3; South Keo- 
kuk church, $2; M. W. Emmert, .606 Lyon St„ Des 
Moines,*i; total * 

Total, . 


Home and European Fund $4168+ 

Interest on Missionary Endowment Notes 

Interest on Tract Endowment Notes 

Missionary and Tract Fund 

Book and Tract Fund, 

Asia Minor, 

Washington Meetinghouse, 

India Fund, 

4 37 

•8 33 35 

ributcd, 39,933. 

No earnest and intelligent Christian can be satis- 
fied with a state of grace lower than that which is 
set before him in the Word of God as attainable. 
Conscious of any lack, he makes efforts to have 
that lack supplied. He is never disappointed. 
God giveth liberally and upbraideth not. 


February 8, 1896. 

The Gospel Messenger, 

PntlUbed WwBy, «t H.50 por Annan, by 

The Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mount Morr 

D. L. Millkr, Mount Morns, 111., j Editors 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Huntingdon, Pa., J"" 

J. H. Mookk, Office Editor. 

Joseph Amick Business Manager, 

Enoch Eby. D-.nid H;iys. \V. K. IH^-Ilt. 

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answer question! ol importance, but please do not subject lis to needless 
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and addressed to " Brethren's Publish log Co., Mount Morris. Ill," 

priintcred nt thu Post-office at Mount Morris, III., as second-class mat- 

Mount Morris, III., February 8, 1896. 

Bro, J. M. Mohlek closed his scries of meetings 
at Flora, Ind., with eleven accessions. 

Bro, Samuei Henry, of Lacon, 111., should here- 
after be addressed at Lordsburg, Cat. 

Bko. D. B. Gibson closed his meetings at Litch- 
field, III., with the best of interest. Ten additions 
are reported. 

Bro. A. C. DAGGETT has returned from Villa 
Park, Colo., to Burr Oak, Kans., and should here- 
after be addressed accordingly. 

. Bro. Daniel Eutsey reports five hanti-«J ;~ *u~ 
Indian Creek church, la. Hrethren F. F. Murray 

and Wm. Bond did the 


Bro. J. A. Dove is engaged in i 
eries of meetings at Roanoke, 
ave already applied for members! 

ry interesting 
. A number 

During Bro. Michael Flory's meetings in the 
,n Astoria church, Fulton Co, 111., thirteen were bap- 
' ^ tized and several restored to fellowship. 

The General Missionary and Tract Committee 
will meet here the coming week. We hope to 
have something to say concerning their work in 
our next issue. 

We are requested to announce that the Bible 
School to be held at Mexico, Ind., will commence 
Feb. 14, at 7 P. M„ and continue until the 22nd. 
An invitation to all is extended. 

Bro. Henry Sheets, of North Carolina, recently 
held ten meetings in the Pleasant Valley church 
Floyd Co., Va.. and had the pleasure of seeing 
five unite with the people of God. 

Bro. J. C. Lahman and wife returned to the 
Mount last Tuesday, where they are likely to re- 
main the remainder of the winter. Bro. Lahman 
also spent several weeks among the members in 

Just before going to press we receive the fellow- 
g ing from Bro. Lyon, of Washington: "Two more 
§ young men put on Christ in baptism this evening, 

Feb. I, making eleven received here by baptism 

within less than eight months." 

An elder in moderate circumstances, who preach- 
es nearly every Sunday, and travels wholly at his 
own expense, sends us $20.00 to be employed in 
sending the Messenger to the poor. His wife 
joins him in the liberal donation. The example is 
worthy of imitation. 

There is much rejoicing among the members 
at Booth, Kans. Eight recently united with the 

A refreshing season was recently experienced 
in the Roann church, Ind. Bro. Daniel Wysong 
did the preaching. Eight applied for membership 
six of whom were baptized without delay. 

Up to this time we have been sending letters and 
papers after Bro. Miller, that they might overtake 
him on the way, but hereafter his mail matter goes 
the other way and meets him on the other side of 
the globe. Until April 1 he may be addressed at 
Yokohomo, Japan, via Sa 

Bro. James R. Gish, of Stuttgart, Ark., is quite 
sick, and was anointed a few days ago. He has 
not been in good health for some time. Those 
who have written him of late will know by this 
why he has not responded to their communications. 
We hope to soon hear of his recovery. 

One of our brethren, — who fails to give his 
name,— writing from the Buchanan church, Mich., 
speaks very encouragingly of the cause at that place. 
He says that since Bro. Eli Roose took charge of 
the work, one year ago, thirty have been baptized. 
This certainly speaks well for a mission point. 

f^K brother who has been using tobacco for fifty 
years, writes us that the many articles he has read 
in the Messenger against the weed, caused him to 
quit the use of it, and that he has had no tobacco 
in his mouth since last August. Well, that is 
good, and possibly others may feel like following 
his example. 

Writing from McPherson, Kans., Jan. 31, Bro. 
S. Z. Sharp says: "The Bible Normal is well at- 
tended. Six classes formed, embracing a wide 
range of Bible study. An interesting meeting is 
in progress in the College Chapel. Eight confes- 
sions thus far. Bro. J. E. Young, of Nebraska, is 
doing the preaching." 

— 5 

Bro. Chas. M. Yearout, of Westphalia, Kans., 
writes us that since last August he has held ten 
series of meetings, besides filling regular appoint- 
ments and doing other church work. He is now 
at home, or was a few days ago, having just re- 
turned from a meeting at Ottawa, where there 
were four accessions to the church, — three bap- 
tized and one reclaimed. 

/Those who would get Bro. McCann's idea of* 
predestination may have to give his article in this 
issue a second reading. Keep in mind that only 
those who will to love God and keep his command- 
ments are the elected according to the purpose 
of God, while those who will to reject the offers 
of heaven are the non-elect, God having foreor- 
dained from all eternity that those who serve him 
should be saved and those who reject him must 
be condemned. 

Writing from North Manchester, Ind., Bro. D. 
C. Cripe says: "The Special Bible Term at the 
new College Chapel closed last week. There was 
a good attendance and the term was a success 
throughout. There was preaching every evening 
through the month of January by brethren W R 
Deeter, I. D. Parker, and others. Six precious 
souls were received into fellowship by baptism and 
there are several more applicants." 

On another page of this issue will be found the* 
eport of the committee sent to Huntingdon, Pa. 
t is not often necessary to publish the findings 
if a committee, but in this case it has been deemed 
Itogether proper, for the reason that certain par- 
ies have made it their business to circulate very 
damaging reports about the church at Huntingdon 
They have even endeavored to get other papers 
besides our own to publish charges which are now 
found to be false. It is to counteract these reports 
and the evil influences growing out of them, that 
has induced the committee to give the result of 
its thorough investigation to the public. 

Dr. Starr, of Richmond, Va„ recently an- 
nounced his intention to preach a sermon on kiss- 
ing. The announcement brought out an immense 
congregation, and many of the people had to be 
turned away from the church for the want of 
room. He took for his text Rom. 16: 16, "Salute 
one another with a holy kiss." The report says, 
"The reverend gentleman then delivered a re- 
markably interesting discourse, which was fre- 
quently interrupted with uncontrollable laughter." 
While the sermon contained a few good, common- 
sense utterances, yet it was largely a fun-making 
affair, wholly unbecoming a devout minister of 
the Gospel. Had Paul or Peter preached in Rich- 
mond from that text there would have been no 
" uncontrollable laughter." There is a time and 
place to laugh, but it certainly was never intended 
that the house of God should be used for that 
purpose. Here is a sample of some facts, sense 
and nonsense blended: 

" The early Christians saluted each other with a kiss on 
entering and leaving the church. Why, say you, was it dis- 
missed from the service? Because of the abuse of the cus- 
tom? No. But because the congregations were too numer- 
ous, sometimes consisting of 2.000 members. There was dan- 
ger of the lips wearing out. There was no danger feared 
then from oscillatory microbes. Then came the kiss of rec- 
ognition, and the kiss of love. Recognition is now shown by 
shaking hands in case of either gender. Christ was betrayed 
by the kiss of Judas, and since then there are no gentle memo- 
ries in heaven regarding the kiss. It is dangerous, this in- 
discriminate kissing between the sexes, as everything else is 
that tends to go against the sanctity of home life. Be very 
careful, parents." 

The "holy kiss" is a sacred institution, five times 
commanded in the New Testament, and to thus 
speak of it is to make light of the Word of God. 
It is not far from foolish jesting. Eph. 5: 4. 


At a love feast a brother announced a hymn for singing 

while the bread was heing hrnkfr. He wae told by the elder 

that singing would not be in order at that time. But while the 
cup was passing, he said singing would be in order. Why is 
singing out of order at one time more than another? 

J. F. N. 

The bread of the Communion is intended to 
represent the body of Jesus which was broken for 
his people. As there was universal silence for a 
time, at the crucifixion, while the body was sus- 
pended on the cross, our early brethren, out of a 
deep feeling of respect for the occasion, fell into 
the habit of maintaining silence during the pass- 
ing of the bread. This they probably did without 
a thought of symbolizing anything. Most assured- 
ly the Lord never intended the universal silence 
accompanying his crucifixion to serve as an occasion 
for a symbol. Still we like the idea of a time of 
silence in our feasts, that the mind may be given 
to deep meditation. And in this sense we are in 
sympathy with our present practice. And in order 
to improve somewhat on the occasion, we suggest 
that it is not necessary for anything to be said 
during this part of the service. Let the members 
be encouraged to devote the few moments, while 
the bread is being broken, to silent meditation. 
We have attended feasts where some of those at 
the table seemed to show a lack of reverence for 
the occasion. The time was spent in looking 
around with an air of indifference which seemed 
painful. It would be far better if they could be 
instructed to give themselves over to a season of 
meditation, not as symbolizing anything, but as a 
spiritual exercise that would prove of great value 
to the soul. 

It is altogether probable that the passing of the 
cup so forcibly reminded our ancient brethren of 
the shedding of the blood of Jesus for the remis- 
sion of sins, that they sang for joy without the 
least thought of a symbol. As there should be 
a time for everything that belongs to any service, 
it is altogether proper to have times for singing, 
and to our mind it does seem, as an order of wor- 

February 8, 1896. 


ship, very appropriate to sing while the cup is 
being passed. So far as symbols are concerned 
there is nothing of value in favor of or against the 
custom. It is only a question of edification and 
fitness, and on this ground we like silence while 
bread is being broken and singing while the cup 
is passing. We see no good reason for varying 
from our long-established practice in this respect. 

J. H. M. 


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I For months there has been a Sunday school 
class in connection with the College work at this 
place, deserving more than a passing notice. Its 
example might be followed to good advantage in 
many other places. It is known as the Doctrinal 
Class, and has for its object a better knowledge 
of the doctrines taught in the Scriptures. The 
aim of the first lesson was to define the term 
doctrine. Then came one lesson after another on 
"The Reality of a God," "The Authority of the 
Scriptures," " The Divinity of Christ," " Necessity 
of Obedience," " Faith," " Repentance," " Design 
of Baptism," " The Baptism of the Holy Spirit," 
'etc., etc. These lessons are to continue, and will 
take in the whole line of Christian doctrine, so 
as to give each person attending the class a thor- 
ough knowledge of the cardinal features of the 

The importance of this line of work is too much 
overlooked in our system of education. We do 
not give to doctrine the intelligent attention that 
the Scriptures demand. Timothy was told to give 
attention to doctrine in connection with reading 
and exhortation (1 Tim. 4:13). Titus was told 
to speak the things that become sound doctrine. 
Then we learn of a coming time when men will 
not endure sound doctrine. We cannot expect 

our people to remain steadfast in the doctrine un- 
less we teach them the doctrine from their youth. 
Doctrine is the foundation of the whole Christian 
system as well as the great framework of the 
church. To gather into the church a body of 
members not thoroughly indoctrinated, is to have 
a church that may be moved first one way and 
then the other by any wind of false doctrine that 
may chance to prevail. 

To teach the Bible in a kind of a general way, 
so that no one can tell where the teacher stands, 
may be entertaining to the public mind, bu 
of no real and lasting advantage to the cause of 
sound Christianity. Such teaching tends to bi 
up a class of people so pliable that no depende 
can be put in them whatever. Some of them may 
be able to name the books of the Old and N. 
Testament in their order; can state the leading 
events of the Scriptures in their chronolog 
order, and can narrate, in a general way, the his- 
tory of Christ and the apostles. All this is good 
and is to be highly commended. But ask th 
to outline the great doctrines of the Bible, and 
they are at a loss. The great frame work around 
which their knowledge should be massed, like a 
wall of stone, is virtually unknown to them, and 
instead of becoming strong advocates of the doc- 
trine, well-rooted and grounded in the Truth, they 
are manifestly weak and cannot defend the prin- 
ciples of the Christian religion. 

Would we make a success of our mission we 
need to give more attention to this doctrinal 
feature, and labor for a higher degree of proficiency 
in it. In fact, we ought to have a good text book 
along this line for use in our schools, Bible 
schools and in such Sunday school classes as 
would like to pursue a like course of study. And 
while we should seek to reach that higher life be- 
coming every earnest saint, we should not attempt 
to do so by sacrificing the doctrine of the New 
Testament. We hope to learn of still more at- 
tention being given to sound doctrine. J. H. M. 

Number Six. 


As intimated in our last letter the ships used in 
the East India passenger service are built with a 
view of affording travelers every advantage of 
cool sea breezes, and this is especially true of the 
Caledonia, the largest and best ship of the Penin- 
sular and Oriental Company. The ventilation is 
as nearly perfect as it is possible to be made. 
Great funnels attached to pipes and port-holes 
force the_ fresh air into all parts of the boat, and' 
there is none of the peculiar bilge-water smell so 
common on many of the Atlantic steamers. The 
state-rooms and cabins are large and handsomely 
furnished. Instead of the box bunk, iron bedsteads 
with wire mattresses are used, and they are very 
comfortable. The appointments of the ship are 
in every respect most excellent. In a word the 
Caledonia is a perfect model of all that modern 
skill and money can do in ship-building. 

We secured second-class cabins and found them 
most comfortable, while the food was all that 
could be desired. At half past six in the morn- 
ing coffee, or tea, as you preferred, was brought 
to the state-rooms. At half' past six we had 
breakfast in the large dining-saloon. The dinner 
hour was fixed at one o'clock. Then at four P. 
M., there was tea and biscuits for those who de- 
sired them, and at half past six came the supper 
hour. An abundance of well-cooked and most 
excellent food was served, while fruit was to be 
had at all of the meals. 

We found in the second cabin a very respectable 
and congenial class of people. They were exceed- 
ingly well behaved and very kind and sociable. 
Indeed, from our own personal experience, we do 
not hesitate to say that, as a rule, much more 
sociability is manifested among second-cabin pas 
sengers than the first. Of course, in the first cab 
in, on board an East India steamer, will be found 
more of the aristocracy of wealth and title than 
on the Atlantic, and people of this class are exclu- 
sive. At our end of the ship there was a social, 
friendly feeling among the passengers that helped 
to make the time pass pleasantly. Several of the 
first-cabin passengers spent a good deal of time 
with us, and one of them expressed her pleasure 
and said, " You do enjoy yourselves here. At the 
other end of the ship we all try to see who can 
dress the finest and appear the grandest." 

The expense of traveling in the East is much 
higher than on the Atlantic. From New York to 
Bremen, by the best steamers of the North Ger- 
man Lloyd, second-cabin passage cost us sixty 
dollars, and the distance is three thousand, five 
hundred miles, whilst our tickets from Ismailia to 
Bombay, the distance being a trifle less, was one 
hundred and sixty-five dollars for each ticket. 

We had in our company some thirty missionaries, 
all of them on their way to India to labor among 
the heathen. Some of them had spent many years 
in India and had been at home on furloughs and 
were now returning to their work again. Others 
had left home and friends for the first time, and 
were going into untried fields to labor for the 
uplifting of a nation of idolaters. We formed the 
acquaintance of a number of missionaries who had 
worked in India many years. We made the best 
of our opportunities and learned some things about 
mission work among the heathen that may be 
helpful to us in our fields of labor in the future. 
And those with whom we talked, very kindly gave 
us very much valuable information of a practical 
kind, which we prize very highly indeed. 

The same evening we went on board the steamer 
at Ismailia, one of the passengers approached us 

and asked if we were not members of the Society 
of Friends. We soon learned that he was a 
Quaker missionary, Mr. T. by name, sent out by 
the Friends of England. He and his wife had 
been in India six years, and were returning from 
their first furlough. He told us of the success and 
the failures, of the encouragements and discour- 
agements of the missionary. He also gave us an 
insight into the life and character of the people 
of India, which we very much appreciated. We 
also met Miss Carroll, of Joliet, whose sister is 
married to Bro. Abram Gocklcy's son. She had 
spent a year and a half at home, and was returning 
to her work among the women in Bombay where 
she had spent five years. She had been reading 
the Messenger and knew about our travels, and 
said she thought she knew us when we came 
aboard the ship. We felt quite at home with each 
other at once, and formed a very pleasant ac 
quaintance with her and her traveling companion, 
Miss Dart, of Kansas City, who was going to India 
as a medical missionary. 

At ten in the morning some forty of the pas- 
sengers met in the lower dining-saloon where an 
hour was spent in Bible readings. To us these 
exercises were always enjoyable and profitable. 
They were opened and closed with singing and 
prayer. On the great deep it was. good to study 
God's Book, and to commit and commend our all 
to the keeping power of Him who holdcth the 
winds and sea in his hands. 

We had in our Bible class Quakers, Methodists, 
Presbyterians, Baptists, Episcopalians and Salva- 
tion Army Officers, and those of our own faith. 
While these different denominations were all rep- 
resented there was no clashing of opinion. In one 
thing they had a common bond of union. They 
had all left their homes to labor among the heath- 
en, and for the time they were thrown together 
on hoard the ship they made the most of their 
arguments and the least of their differences. 

Among the second-cabin passengers was Com- 
missioner Booth Tucker, of the Salvation Army. 
He is Gen. Booth's son-in-law and is a remarkable 
man. He at one time had a lucrative position as 
India Commissioner under the British government. 
He resigned his place and began preaching to the 
natives. Ten years ago he was arrested for 
preaching in the streets of Bombay. The judges 
sentenced him to a term of imprisonment at hard 
labor, and then called him before them and said 
they would commute his sentence if he would 
promise to give up preaching on the streets. His 
answer was characteristic of the man. " If you 
were to put a rope about my neck and threaten to 
hang me the next minute I would not give up my 
work." He served out his sentence and then went 
to preaching again. He traraped through the 
country barefoot, dressed in native costume, and 
told the people the story of the Cross. He speaks 
twelve languages and has gone all over India, 
east and west, north and south, and is perhaps 
better known among the natives than any man 
in the country. As a result of his persistent la- 
bors, thousands of the heathens gave up idol wor- 
ship and accepted his teaching. Zeal, earnestness, 
and self-sacrifice are characteristic of the man, and 
without these qualities no one can succeed in mis- 
sion work. 

As already stated we had much conversation 
with Mr. T., the Quaker missionary, not only in 
regard to missionary work, but as to the progress 
being made by the Society of Friends. As we 
hold alike to peace principles, plain dressing and 
some other points, we had some things in common 
to draw us together. We give a part of our con-